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Volume 11, Issue 6

Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.com

June 2011

Traveling through time at

Cunningham Creek Elementary
By Karl Kennell

Creekside grad

appointed to West Point

By Martie Thompson

They took their final bow,
the lights dimmed and the
curtain closed for the final
time. It was the end of an eight
year run. In anyone's book that
would be considered a resound-
ing success, even if it was only
eight performances. On May 4,
fifth grade teacher and play-
wright Kasey Baker's fifth grade
class of Cunningham Elemen-
tary School, along with the fifth
grade class of Kelly Vaughn,
produced the final production
of "Traveling through Time in
America's History."

inspiring her over a Spring
Break one year. It led her to
write nine skits involving Amer-
ican History from the point of
view of the history of Florida.
"Many young people cannot
relate to history at all. I wanted
the historical time periods to be-
come more real to them," Baker
She felt that by the students
becoming actors and having
to be responsible for research-
ing history through the eyes of
their characters, history would
become more alive to them.

This original production by The play opens with the
Baker was the result of her muse discovery of the new world

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SCLASSIFIED By Contributing Writer Lisa Modaff
A giant
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Saturday, May
and of a 14. Christ's
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d Bank, located
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Road in Fruit
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over 11,000
pounds of
donated food
and was assisted by over 70 vol-
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services of a driver, was do-
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by Christopher Columbus and
takes the audience on a journey
through history, making stops
along the way at 1513 with
Ponce de Leon and 1565 with
the soldiers of Pedro Mendez's
expedition. There is a stop in
1672 Florida and a stop present-
ing the point of view of loyalist
Floridians in 1776. Settlers lay
out a tale of 1845 Florida fol-
lowed by the Civil War in Flori-
da in 1861. The play then jumps
to 1941 and the participation of
Florida in World War II.
American and Florida histo-
ry break the bonds of Earth and
on to the Moon in 1969. This
skit, with a family watching
astronaut Neil Armstrong taking
the first step on the Moon, was
based on an actual biographi-
cal experience. Baker's husband
Curt helped inspire the skit with
a story about his family travel-
ing down to the Kennedy Space
Center for the historic event.
"It bothers me when chil-
dren can't identify what hap-
pened in 1776 or 1941," Baker
said. She continued describing
that through the jingles and

Traveling through time cont. on pg. 22

Philips Industrial Boulevard to
the food bank. Members of Cel-
ebration Lutheran Church, along
with volunteers from Mandarin
United Methodist Church, Help-
ing Hands of St. Johns County,
Indian Princesses' Shasta Tribe
and other community friends

West Point Liaison Officer Bobby Brown, USMA Class of 2000 with

Marshall Malone.
Recent Creekside High
School graduate Marshall
Haynes Malone has received
an appointment to The United
States Military Academy at West
Point. Malone received his ap-
pointment from United States
Representative John L. Mica in
January 2011 and will enter the
academy this summer as part
of the class of 2015. He was
presented with his scholarship
award by West Point Liaison

Officer Bobby Brown at CHS's
Senior Awards Ceremony held
on May 26.
As part of his remarks,
Brown quoted the mission of
West Point for the audience:
"To educate, train and inspire
the Corps of Cadets so that each
graduate is a commissioned
leader of character committed
to the values of Duty, Honor,
West Point cont. on pg. 27

What's Inside
Page 3 What's New
Page 4 From the
Commissioner's Desk
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 The Sheriff Reports
Page 8 JCP CDD update
Page 10 FCMS Happenings
Page 11 Gourmet on a dime
Page 13 Farewell senior writers
Page 14 COA bus driver
Page 15 "Academy Awards"
Page 16 CHS tennis
Page 18 Summer Camp Guide
Page 21 Creeks Clash soccer
Page 22 Fishing Report
Page 23 High school sports
Page 24 Movie Review
Page 25 Faith News
Page 29 Softball Rock Hounds
Page 30 SJ Golf Et CC tennis
Page 31 CHS volleyball

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Community Happenings

A Native Plant Class will be the bloc
held on Thursday, June 16 from Woods c
2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Adminis
St. Johns County Windstorm blood di
Training Center, located at 3111 16 from
Agricultural Center Drive in St. p.m. Co
Augustine. Instructors will be and enj,
Beverly Fleming, Florida Master Every 2
Naturalist instructor; Gail Comp- the coui
ton, columnist and naturalist; donated
Keith Fuller, St. Johns County stays in
horticulture agent and Renee not alw:
Stambaugh. Because landscap- agencies
ing with native plants is becom- tions yo
ing mainstream, experts in the call Mel
area are teaming up to provide to sign
information to homeowners, Walk-ut
nurseries and landscapers. Once may ha'
established, native plants require
less watering and maintenance Plea
because they thrive in their for Satu
natural environment. This class pate in
is free and open to the public. draiser
For more information, please the Amn
contact 692-3927 or renee@ Bartram
nativeplantconsulting.com. cost wil
ticket, w
United We Guide is a free chips, d
transportation and informa- and foo
tion guide for seniors who are stander
interested in the variety of will inc]
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throughout St. Johns County. a 50/50
This guide, funded by the Florida of $20 u
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Do you have community or club news you
would like included in The CreeekLine?
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on Julington Creek at the
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ays the case with other
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n Trail Relay for Life. The
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which will include 2000
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ers. Let's make this one
han the last! For addi-
nformation or to sign up,
contact Becky Kimball at

Wolfson Children's Hospital. For
registration information, visit

Adults and teens age 14
and older are invited to attend
the Project Lap Blanket cro-
chet group at the Bartram Trail

Branch Library on Monday,
June 13, Thursday, June 23 and
Monday, June 27 from 6:00 p.m.
until 8:00 p.m. The group will
crochet or knit blankets for can-
cer patients at area hospitals. All
skill levels are welcome. Can't
come to any of the meetings?
Pick up the crochet pattern at
the Reference Desk in the library
and crochet the blanket in your
spare time. Drop off completed
blankets and any yarn you'd like
to donate during regular library
hours. For additional informa-
tion, please call the Reference
Desk at 827-6960.

The Northwest St. Johns
County Community Coalition
(NWSJCCC) will meet on Thurs-
day, June 30 beginning at 6:30
p.m. at the Bartram Trail Branch
Library, located at 60 Davis Pond
Boulevard near the entrance
to Julington Creek Plantation.
All are welcome to attend these
important, informative meet-
ings. For additional information,
please contact Phyllis Abbatiello
at 703-9142.

What's New continued on page 6

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From the

Commissioner's Desk
By Contributing Writer Ron Sanchez,
County Commissioner, District 2

Around the county!
St. Johns County has two
main drivers of our economy
and believe me, recently they
were both in full gear. The
farmers have been harvesting
potatoes for a few weeks and
by the time this is finished over
12,000 semi-trucks will have
left the area heading to vari-
ous places. Most will be going
to Frito-Lay for potato chips.
Some go directly to food chains
for you to purchase. Many other
products grown in the area are
on their way to stores also.
Our second activity that is
also major to our local economy
is tourism and The Players
Championship took charge of
that one. As usual thousands
upon thousands of people came
to see the tournament and spent
money that translates into sales
tax dollars plus bed tax dollars
to promote tourism.
This venue recently teamed
up with the Industrial Develop-
ment Authority, the Chamber of
Commerce, the Tourist Devel-
opment Council, the Northeast
Florida Regional Airport and the
Board of County Commission-
ers to converse with some of the

business leaders from all over
the world that attended this
event. Governor Rick Scott at-
tended and gave a great speech
to welcome everyone and stayed
with us for over two hours to
promote business in Florida.
This event was the first of many
we will have on our way to-
wards our goal of bringing more
jobs and commercial tax base
to our county. We are about
thirty percent short of where we
should be. An increase in the
commercial tax base is a sure
way to bring down the taxes on
your home. On Friday, the TPC
also had an event on the terrace
of the Clubhouse for elected
officials. This all sounds real
good if you are a golf fan. The
truth: I saw one golf ball hit as
we passed at a distance. Sunday
afternoon I did watch about
three hours of the tournament,
on my television. What is wrong
with this story!
Saturday evening of TPC
week, I went to a great event at
the Elks Lodge in St. Augustine.
This event, the Chase-Rescorla
awards banquet, gave out 11
scholarships to well deserv-
ing students from surround-
ing schools. This banquet is to

The Na-
tional Fed-
eration of
Jordan Renda announced
the Florida
recipients of the ninth an-
nual NFIB Young Entrepreneur
Awards, a scholarship program
designed to reward and en-
courage entrepreneurial talents
among high school students.
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur
Award recipients will attend
the university, college, com-
munity college or vocational/
technical institute of their
choice with $1,000-$10,000
in tuition assistance from the
NFIB Young Entrepreneur

Foundation. In Florida, 11 stu-
dents will be receiving award
scholarships. Florida is also
home to one of the five stu-
dents in the country receiving
$5,000 scholarships. These five
students are in the running to
earn the $10,000 award.
Jordan Renda of St. Johns
is the president of Haunted
Productions, a company he
created in 2009. Haunted
Productions produces a profes-
sional haunted house attraction
in Jacksonville called the Night
Terrors Haunted House. After
recognizing an opening in the
market for a Halloween-related
attraction in the area, Renda
researched the industry, devel-
oped a business plan, secured
funding and launched his busi-
ness. Haunted Productions is
now entering its third year as a
successful business and Jor-

remember PFC Leo Chase, Jr.
who lost his life in the Vietnam
War. When he was found, his
gun magazine was empty mean-
ing he fought to the end for
our country. Lt. Rick Rescorla,
who also fought in Vietnam,
lost his life in 2001 at the World
Trade Center while attempting
to rescue additional people after
already saving hundreds. Major
General Ronald Bailey gave a
touching speech while address-
ing the recipients of the schol-
arships. It was a great event
honoring great people.
On Sunday, May 15, I was
honored to be a judge at the
"Taste of St. Augustine Beach"
event held at the Beach Pier.
Image yours truly judging a
food contest! While judging, I
was in great company. My fel-
low judges were Glynn Hastings
of the TDC, Richard Goldman
of the Visitors and Convention
Bureau, Richard O'Brien of the
St. Augustine Beach Commis-
sion and Chief Richard Hedges
of the St. Augustine Beach
Police Department.
The food sure was good
and I felt I was a winner myself
for having tasted all the great
dishes prepared by area restau-
rants, although awards were
presented to the true winners
who prepared the food.
I was pleased to have par-
ticipated in all the variety of
activities taking place through-
out our county in May. We are
lucky to live in a county with
such diversity and I can't wait
to see what is coming our way
over the summer!

dan is developing a long-term
strategy and expansion plan.
"I am going to be attending
the University of North Florida
here in Jacksonville;' Renda
said. "I'll be attending school
locally so I can continue to
manage and expand the busi-
ness over the next four years.
This scholarship will be great
helping me out with school
financially. It is also an honor
to be recognized by NFIB."
In June, NFIB will honor
Renda along with the other
four students selected as
$5,000 scholarship winners and
name the "2011 Young Entre-
preneur of the Year" who will
be awarded a $10,000 scholar-
"This year's scholarship
winners represent an incred-
ibly impressive group of young
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District Journal
By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough,
St. Johns County School Board

Congratulations to all our
2011 graduates! The season is
always a highlight of my year
as I get to celebrate with our
young people at Senior Awards,
Baccalaureate ceremonies and
graduations themselves. This
year we have enjoyed a re-
cord number of National Merit
Scholars, scholarship winners
and national accolades. Each
of our young people is headed
toward a bright future, whether
in college, the military or the
world of work. I wish every one
the very best in whatever s/he
may pursue.
Four of our high schools
were recognized by The Wash-
ington Post as being among
the top 1905 high schools in
America, in terms of advanced
placement tests, International
Baccalaureate exams and other

Do you know the
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college level measures. Nease
High School was number 79
on the list, followed by Bar-
tram Trail at 119, Ponte Vedra
High at 218 and St. Augustine
High School at 340. Our district
remains committed to offering
our students a very rigorous,
relevant curriculum that will
prepare them for their future
The Legislative session has
ended, and the final budget
numbers are in place. Public
education spending was cut by
$542 per student. For St. Johns
County, this translates to a
$20.2 million dollar reduction,
which follows on the heels of
$65 million over the past four
years. Your legislative represen-
tatives will tell you that they
level funded education. The
basis for this statement is that
districts were told last year not
to spend the Edujobs federal
funding that was meant to stim-
ulate the economy by creating
new jobs. This money was then
factored into the 2012 budget.
Districts that spent their jobs
money last year suffer a greater
financial impact than those who
retained the funds. Our district
received $6.2 million in Edu-
jobs money. We chose to spend
a million dollars for additional
staff and saved the remainder.
Therefore, we have about $5
million to reduce the impact of
the $20.2 million cut.
In addition, the Legisla-
ture is requiring all employees
to pay three percent of their
retirement contributions, which
will result in cost avoidance for
the district. With this mitiga-
tion, we still must use about $10
million from our fund balance,

the money we have saved for
financial struggles. Because we
have a very strong fund bal-
ance, we do not plan to lay off
any employees or reduce any
programs. I am proud of the
fiscal responsibility that our
district has shown over the last
few years which has put us in
the positive position that we
enjoy. However, if the cuts con-
tinue to come, our savings will
be rapidly depleted and we will
be forced to consider some of
the drastic funding cuts that our
sister counties are experiencing
In addition to the fis-
cal impact of this Legislative
session, our district is dealing
with several major changes to
policy. The Legislature totally
revamped the way that our
teachers and principals will be
evaluated, decreed that we must
move to digital only textbooks
and required on-line courses in
our high schools, among other
changes. It needs to be noted
that none of these mandates
came with funding. Though
we are required to implement
the changes, we have no new
money to make it happen, fur-
ther impacting negative fund-
ing for education. Local control
of our schools is being rapidly
undermined by the actions of
our Legislature. In my view,
this is detrimental to our abil-
ity to provide the educational
programs that meet the specific
needs of our high performing
students. As has been said, the
best government is that closest
to the voter. Increasingly, this
tenet is being undermined by
Tallahassee and Washington.
My great fear is that it will be
our students who suffer. Your
School Board and Superinten-
dent Joyner continue to work
hard to preserve the excellence
in education that we enjoy in
St. Johns County.
Thank you, as always, for
your commitment to public
education. If I may assist you in
any way, please contact me at
sloughb@stjohns.kl 2.fl.us.

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meetings throughout the county
in June. At the third annual
meetings, Wanchick will give
a presentation on the county's
financial condition and present
recommendations for the 2012
budget, followed by a time for
citizen comments and questions.
The community dialogue gener-
ated during the past two years
has been extremely valuable in
formulating the budget admin-
istration recommends to the
County Commission each July
and Wanchick is requesting the
community once again to par-
ticipate in the budget process.
Following significant budget
cuts each of the past four years,
more reductions are anticipated
for 2012, largely due to the
continuing decline of property
values. County administration
anticipates recommending an
increase in the millage rate
to re-capture some of the lost
revenues in an effort to maintain
most of the programs and servic-
es for which the community has
expressed support in the past.
These are decisions that

deserve and require community
input, Wanchick believes.
"As budget cuts are becom-
ing more and more significant
and the correlating reductions in
programs and services are im-
pacting more and more people, it
is critical the public be involved
in making the budget decisions
that are best for our community,"
he said. "These meetings are an
opportunity for me to promote
understanding and for citizens
to communicate their desires
regarding the preferred balance
of services and expenditures."
2011 Town Hall Meetings
* Thursday, June 9 - 6:30 p.m.
- Hastings Town Hall
* Thursday, June 16 - 6:30
p.m. - Bartram Trail Branch
* Wednesday, June 22 - 6:30
p.m. - Ponte Vedra Beach
Branch Library
* Monday, June 27 - 6:30 p.m.
- Main Library in St. Augus-
For more information, visit
www.sjcfl.us/townhall or contact
Communication Manager Karen
Pan at 209-0549.

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past The fifth county sheriff has
a heritage that is still a part St.
city and Augustine today. His historic
)r its home has become a venue for
ghost beautiful weddings and other
ght it special events. Whether his
take ghost still resides there is an in-
ore triguing thought, but there is no
'prede- doubt that Sheriff Jose Simeon
y has Sanchez played a significant
rful and role in the development of St.
enforce- Augustine, St. Johns County
and Florida.
vhat Sanchez fought in the
[ was Second Seminole War. Under
put on the guise of a truce, the famed
ualifica- Seminole Chief Osceola and his
y back- lieutenants were lured to just
1812 west of St. Augustine where
Perhaps they were captured by troops
e was likely including Sanchez. Osceo-
nent la and his men were locked up
sheriff by at the Castillo de San Marcos.
Jackson The public uproar regarding the
tary breech of military etiquette ap-
would parently did not skew his repu-
eventh station and Sanchez later became
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the first legislature and signed
the Florida constitution. He
served as sheriff until 1847.
Sanchez was succeeded
as county sheriff by the fiery
publisher and editor of the East
Florida Herald, James Marcus
Gould. He was described as be-
ing brash and outspokenly bel-
ligerent, both in person and in
print. He too was elected to the
legislature and also held office
as Registrar of Public Lands and
Justice of the Peace.
Local Civil War history
involves two sheriffs of the past.
William Felix Mickler was sher-
iff from 1864 to 1865. Earlier
he represented the county in
the Succession Convention and
voted to withdraw Florida from
the Union. He served in the
Confederate Army, rising to the
rank of colonel and helped plant
mines in the St. Johns River as
well as fought in the Battle of
A young man who opposed
succession from the Union was
A.N. Pacetti, a name still found
frequently today in St. Johns
County. He served as county
sheriff from 1877 to 1881. A
sea captain by trade during the
early months of the Civil War,
Pacetti volunteered to take oth-
ers opposed to succession on his
boat to Key West, flying a white
flag of truce. Nevertheless his
ship was captured by the Con-
federates. As he was about to
be tried for treason he jumped
overboard and made it to land
where the next day he had a
change of heart and enlisted in
the Confederate Navy.
I wonder what the ghosts of
these pioneers of law and order
in St. Johns County would think
if they could see the way our
office functions today as one of
the most modern and progres-
sive in the State of Florida.
We have a really fascinating
section on our website at www.
SJSO.org where you can read a
more detailed history of the St.
Johns County Sheriffs office.
Just click on the "About Us" link
at the top of the page and then
select the "History" tab. Under
the section about 20th Century
sheriffs you will find many
wonderful stories including
how uniforms for deputies came
about. It's very interesting.
As always I appreciate your
comments and suggestions
concerning this column and
any county law enforcement
issues. Contact me by email at

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What's New continued from page 3
Plant Clinic at the Bartram
Trail Library! St. Johns County
Master gardeners will be on
hand to answer your plant and
lawn questions on Thursday,
June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon at the Bartram Trial
Library located at 60 Davis Pond
at the entrance to Julington
Creek Plantation. We will accept
small soil samples from your
vegetable, lawn or shrub areas
for free pH testing.

Are you a teen who likes to
read? Do you like to talk about
the books you've read? Then
come to the Teen Summer Book
Club at the Bartram Trail Branch
Library! The club will meet on
Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Light refreshments are provided
by the Friends of the Library.

The MOMS Club of St. Au-
gustine North invites moms and
their children living in the 32092
or 32095 zip codes including
the County Road 210 corridor to
see what all the excitement is
about! We meet once a month
to plan our activities for the
month ahead and our meet-
ings and activities are during
the day, when at-home mothers
need support most. Of course,
children are welcome at all of
our meetings and activities. Ac-
tivities are scheduled for almost
every weekday of the month
and moms may attend as few or
as many activities as they like.
Some of the activities we have
planned are trips to the zoo,
beach and pool days, story time
at the library and playgroups at
members' homes and local parks.
If you have any questions or
would like to get more informa-
tion to join, please e-mail Holly
at sanmoms@gmail.com or

check out our website at website
at http://sanmomsclub.weebly.

"Plant Life and Mosquito
Habits" is the program for the
meeting of the Florida Native
Plant Society. The local Sea Oats
chapter meets at 7:00 p.m. on
June 21 at the St. Augustine
Beach City Hall, located at 2200
A1A South. Commissioner of
the Anastasia Mosquito Con-
trol (AMC) Jeannie Moeller will
discuss the who, what, when,
where and how of this organiza-
tion and Whitney Qualls, PhD
candidate and the biologist for
AMC, will present a program on
Plants and Mosquitoes. This pro-
gram is free, open to the public
and includes prizes of native
plants. For more information,
please visit www.fnps.org or call

The United States Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7
meets the first Thursday of
every month 7:30 p.m. at the St.
Augustine Yacht Club near the
St. Augustine Lighthouse. The
flotilla is always looking for new
members, particularly those who
own aircraft, boats and have ra-
dio equipment and skills. If you
are interested, please contact Vic
Aquino at 460-0243.

The MOMS Club of Fruit
Cove (for families within the
32259 zip code) invites moms
and kids to join us for weekly
activities, play groups, Moms'
night out, family events and
much more! Please visit www.
momscluboffruitcove.com or
send an e-mail to fruitcov-
emoms@yahoo.com for more

SJC Town Hall Meetings
with County Administrator Michael Wanchick
- Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm - Hastings Town Hall
- Thursday, June 16, 6:30 pm - Bartram Trail Branch Library
" Wednesday, June 22 - 6:30 pm - Ponte Vedra Beach Library
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William Bartram Scenic and Historic

Highway update
By Contributing Writer AI Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

We met again on May 12
with another agenda geared to-
ward educating county officials
and the general public on the
historic nature of State Road 13
and its importance to St. Johns
County. We moved forward on a
number of key undertakings to
fulfill this objective.
The first was a review of the
View Shed/scientific analysis
being completed. The View Shed
is important as it will tell St.
Johns County what scenic areas
need protection and help ensure
viability of scenic locations and
the historic sites along the sce-
nic highway. This project will be
completed later this year.
The oral histories and video
being developed is near comple-
tion and we've asked members
and friends to search their
files for any old and historic
photographs they might have
showing life as it once was in
the Fruit Cove, Switzerland and
Orangedale communities. The
photos will be used in the video
including the documented his-
tories of the early settlers of St.
Johns County and their families.
Readers with any old photos
should call Beverly Fleming

Student Op-Ed

You can save a life
By Contributing Writer Gabrielle Froeba, BTHS Student

Although over 20,000
transplants are performed in
the United States each year,
5,000 people die every year
waiting for a transplant. Organ
transplants have become a
common operation, but the
trend of people actually do-
nating their organs is not as
conventional. Only 20 percent
of people who die "healthy"
have made arrangements to
donate their organs. This statis-

The video and related oral
histories will be included in
education programs we're plan-
ning for schools, local busi-
nesses and other social orga-
nizations in our county. These
educational items will eventu-
ally be available at our own
Bartram Branch Library and St.
Augustine Historical Library. We
live in a very scenic and historic
area once settled by Indians,
Spanish and English "pioneers"

collectable by Lynn Chase and
an oil on canvas seascape by
Beverly Fleming. Raffle tickets
are available now-$3 each or
4 for $10-all proceeds will be
used to purchase trees to be
planted along the highway to
replace damaged or downed
trees and help enhance areas
where trees may be needed. For
tickets please call Claire Fioriti
(287-9772) or Al Abbatiello

and our goal is to bring much of St. Johns County will be
this history to St. Johns County hosting the Florida Scenic High-
residents. way Conference in St. Augus-
Key members of our organi- tine on June 8 through 10, 2011.
zation also belong to the Garden For more information call or
Club of Switzerland, now cel- contact Al Abbatiello: alabbat@
ebrating their 50th anniversary. bellsouth.net
The Garden Club does a lot for There are many more activi-
NW St. Johns County, helping ties planned and being planned
preserve the ancient trees lining and we encourage readers
the Highway. They also gave to attend some of our meet-
the county the Freedom But- ings and/or visit our website
terfly Garden at Alpine Groves for more information: www.
Park and a William Bartram bartramscenichighwy.com. The
Trail Marker previously installed William Bartram Scenic High-
along the Scenic Highway. way Council has decided to take
The Garden Club has recent- some time off for the summer
ly announced a raffle to benefit and will be meeting again in
the Scenic Highway. There are September. The date and time
three great prizes that include will be announced in future
a homemade quilt, porcelain Scenic Highway updates in The


ing countries pay the poor in
India for their kidneys. The
Indian government made organ
commerce illegal; however, this
exchange still happens through
underground markets and
organ theft. It's not unusual for
someone to go to the doctor
with a stomach ache, be con-
vinced that they need surgery
for bladder stones and wake
up missing a kidney. China is
the only country who still uses
transplant organs from execut-
ed prisoners. This seems bril-
liant theory, but in result, more
people are jailed and executed
for petty crimes.

tic seems shockingly low when
you consider that 85 percent
of our population supports
organ donation. I believe there
is a severe lack of awareness
for the need of organs in this
Organ shortage is not just
a national concern, but an
international one as well. In
India, the majority of donors
come from the lower class. The
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Another shocking alter-
native is xenotransplantion,
the science of transplanting
animal organs into humans.
Recently pig organs have been
commonly used to replace run
down human organs. There
are also reports of advances in
tissue engineering that involve
creating replacement bladders
and blood vessels. Doctors look
hopefully to the future with the
goal of grown-in-the-lab heart,
livers and lungs.
"Automatic consent" law
would automatically make all
citizens donors, unless they
specify otherwise on a per-
sonal document like a driver's
license. If this law passed in
the United States, 75 percent of
the population would become
potential donors. Belgium has
had presumed consent for 10
years and less than 2 percent
opt out; therefore their organ
donation rate is one of the
highest in the world. Thirteen
other countries like Austria
have also adopted this policy
and it proves to be successful.
Nevertheless, you do have the
authority to decide for yourself
and you can simply say no.
"Automatic consent" eliminates
the conflict of having to ask
families to make a decision of
this magnitude while they are
still mourning the death of a
loved one. This decision should
not have to be made nor dis-
cussed at the time of a death,
but rather previously decided
upon by you.
Today, even if it is docu-
mented on your license that
you wish to be an organ donor,
the doctor still has to consult
with your next of kin to make
the decision. With this current
system, people can so easily
not respect the wishes of the
deceased. There are many ways
to increase awareness but there

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is only one reasonable solu-
tion to the shortage as a whole:
automatic consent.

Editor's Note:

Are you interested in reading what
other youth in our community think
about a number of timely topics? Be
sure to check out www.thecreekline.
com and visit our "Students' News
and Views" page. Presently posted
are a variety of op-eds and policy
briefs submitted by students in Mr.
Jimmy Lee's AP Government class
from Bartram Trail High School.
Teachers, if your students would
like to submit material for publica-
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"Without pain,
I can get back
to what


Dental caries explained
By Contributing Writer Robert Weaver, D.M.D., Weaver and Stratton
Pediatric Dentistry

Did you know that a cavity
is essentially a hole in the tooth
caused by an infectious disease?
This cavity-creating disease,
also known as caries, is the most
common chronic infectious dis-
ease in children and is, in fact,
five times as common as asthma.
Over the past 40 years, caries
rates in children aged two to five
years has increased. Cavities are
caused by certain microorgan-
isms, bugs, in the mouth that use
dietary sugars to produce acid. If
left untreated, over time this acid
eats away at the tooth and can
cause symptoms of pain, swell-
ing and fever. Untreated oral
conditions can interfere with
eating and adequate nutritional
intake, speaking, self-esteem and
daily activities including school
Not only can this disease be
prevented, but also you might be
transmitting the bugs associated
with this disease to your child.
Primary caregivers who have
untreated dental disease in their
mouths commonly transfer their
bugs to their child and when
combined with frequent sugar
consumption, this can lead to

early childhood disease. In fact,
these bugs have recently been
shown to colonize the baby's
mouth even before the first tooth
erupts. Improving expectant
mothers' oral health by reduc-
ing infectious bugs in their own
mouths may delay the acquisi-
tion of these microorganisms in
their children and even prevent
early childhood disease.
If this disease is preventable,
why is it so prevalent today?
We know certain populations
lacking access to dental care
are more prone to dental dis-
ease. The American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry recommends
a child see a dentist no later
than 12 months of age or within
six months after the first tooth
erupts. Many parents are hesitant
about bringing their baby to the
dentist because they are afraid
the baby will cry or misbehave.
Pediatric dentists know this is a
normal reaction for babies and
young children and, much like
pediatricians, are comfortable
dealing with this behavior. The
purpose of this timely visit is for

Julington Creek Plantation CDD report
By Contributing Writer Sam Lansdale, Supervisor, Julington Creek Plantation Community Development District

Should most CDD depart-
ments become revenue neutral?
Should CDD expenses exceed
the tax revenue? Should the
CDD have committees?
I am Sam Lansdale, one of
your five representatives on the
JCP CDD Board of Supervisors.
My three goals: Ensure that JCP
is a wonderful place to live. The
CDD duties and responsibili-
ties should not grow over time.
The budget should be balanced
without raising taxes.
The chart shows the budget
from 2007 to 2011. Each year
the budgeted revenue and the
expenses equal. The CDD relies
on tax income and service fees
to cover expenses.
Based on the chart, I have
two concerns. First, there is
huge liability to the taxpayers if
the forecasted revenue does not

generate enough to cover the
consistent expenses. Second, by
focusing on revenue, it creates a
tradeoff where revenue gen-
erators are prioritized over the
resident users.
From my perspective, a few
departments should generate a
loss but most should become
revenue neutral. If the fee rates
for services are competitive
with the market and the depart-
ment is still running at a loss,
it means our expenses are too
high. If a department consis-
tently fails to break-even then it
means the community does not
use the service and it should be
The JCP CDD is such a large
organization, with approxi-
mately a millionn budget and
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can be provided with the five
supervisors once a month. There
is a critical need for standing
committees. We should start
with a finance committee and
a personnel committee, which
would focus on two of the is-
sues that continue to create the
most concern for residents. I
feel it is imperative that more
time and energy be spent scru-
tinizing the budget and evaluat-
ing the organizational structure
and salaries to ensure that the
tax money is being used to cre-
ate the most value. Both com-
mittees should operate in the
sunshine, meet at least quarterly
and include residents in the
professional field of finance and
human resources.
The next JCP CDD meet-
ings will take place on June 14,
2011 and July 12, 2011 at 6:00
p.m. at the JCP CDD Recreation
I am available to listen to
your concerns on the last Thurs-
day of the month at the old JCP
CDD Recreation Center at 6:00
p.m. The last Thursday event is
not a CDD meeting but simply
an informal opportunity to
share your ideas and concerns
with me and other residents.
Feel free to contact me day or
night via e-mail or phone: 509-
4902 or SLansdale@jcpcdd.org.



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early disease, but also to prevent
future dental diseases.
Individualized preventive
strategies such as counseling
in nutrition, fluoride use and
oral hygiene are implemented.
Anticipatory changes in growth
and development and accident
prevention are also discussed.
This visit is invaluable in that it
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been 93 properties that sold in
the northern areas of St. Johns
County. The average days-on-
the-market was 188-days, the
average sales price was $274,000
and the average price per square
foot was $116.19. With 121
properties sold this same time
last year, this represents a de-
crease of almost 30 percent.
Looking at the Fiserv Case-
Shiller Indexes, it forecasts that
the average single-family home
prices will fall another 5.5 per-
cent over the next 12 months,
with steep home price declines
expected to continue in markets
that have been hurt most by
the housing crisis. These mar-
kets, including many in Florida,
California, Nevada and Arizona,
will begin seeing prices stabiliz-
ing throughout this year and
through the end of 2012. Factors
weighing on the housing market
continue to include chronic high
unemployment and the large
number of distressed proper-
ties that remain in many of the
bubble markets.
According to the Fiserv
Case-Shiller Index, Jacksonville
has seen a 32.2 percent decrease
in property values from 2007-
2010 and is also predicting an
additional decrease of 6.6 per-
cent from 2010-2011
Decreasing sales indicate
that buyers are not willing to
purchase properties unless they
have to. The lack of confidence
in the real estate market has

been one of the driving factors
to declining sales.
In addition according to Da-
vid Stiff, chief economist, Fiserv,
"Large supplies of foreclosed
properties will continue to be the
biggest downside risk for home
prices and metro area housing
Stiff continues, "Foreclo-
sure activity declined at the end
of 2010, but sales activity of
bank-owned homes increased.
In bubble and crash markets, the
uncertain timing and volume of
bank liquidated properties will
cause home prices to bounce
around their lows for many
Furthermore, the Fiserv
Case-Shiller Indexes predicts the
"trough" or the pricing "bottom"
will come in the fourth quarter
of this year for the Jacksonville
Metro area.
There are currently 802
properties on the market in our
area. This is a high inventory for
our area and therefore, buyers
can discriminate between prop-
erties and demand more "bang"
for their buck for lower costs.
With the real estate market
working towards a stabilization
in pricing, home sellers need to
keep in mind that there may be
some additional price adjust-
ments needed to entice buyers to
purchase their property.
For additional information,
please contact

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Third grade FCAT scores

again strong

St. Johns County third grad-
ers tied for second in the state in
reading and fourth in the state
in math on the recently released
scores on the Sunshine State
Standards (SSS) of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT). In reading 87 percent of
students scored at or above grade
level and in math 88 percent,
both increases over last year.
"I was very pleased with our
third grade scores and commend
all the schools for their suc-
cess;' said Superintendent Joseph
Joyner. "The bar was raised this
year with the implementation
of FCAT 2.0 and our students,
teachers and support staff rose to
the occasion to meet the higher
expectations. I am very proud
of everyone involved and look
forward to the same success in
the other grades.":'
The percentage of students
scoring three and above in read-
ing was 15 points above the state
average of 72 percent. The per-
centage of students passing the
math portion of the FCAT was 10
points above the state average of
78 percent. Students scoring at
Level 3 and above are considered
to be performing at grade level.
Overall, Hickory Creek El-
ementary School (HCES) had the
highest district scores on both
the reading and math portions of
the FCAT while South Woods El-
ementary School (SWES) showed
the greatest gains in both areas.
In reading HCES had 97
percent of its students scoring at
Level 3 and above while Ponte
Vedra Palm Valley/Rawlings
Elementary School (PVPV/RES)
was close behind with 96 per-
cent. Others scoring in the 90th
percentile were Timberlin Creek
Elementary School (TCES) at 93
percent, Durbin Creek Elementary
School and Ocean Palms Elemen-
tary School (OPES) at 92 percent
and Julington Creek Elementary
School (JCES) and R. B. Hunt
Elementary School (RBHES) at 91


Schools showing the most
improvement in reading were
SWES (63 percent to 78 percent),
Hartley Elementary School (HES)
(78 percent to 87 percent) and
PV-PV/RES (88 percent to 96
In math HCES had 99
percent of its students scoring
at Level 3 or above, a 10-point
increase over last year. OPES,
PVPV/RES and TCES all tied for
the second highest score at 95
percent. They were closely fol-
lowed by JCES, Mason Elemen-
tary School (MES) and RBHES,
all scoring 94 percent.
In addition to HCES, the big-
gest gains in the number of stu-
dents passing the math test were
seen by SWES (66 percent to 82
percent), MES (84 percent to 94
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has been a practicing optom-
etrist for 20 years and is happy
to welcome all new and current
patients to her contemporary
and family-oriented office. Dr.
Reed has a large assortment of
frames, contact lenses and sun-
glasses with brands like Coach,
Prada, Gucci, Nike, CK and Nau-
tica to name a few. For the golf
enthusiasts, she will be offering
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as well as specialized golf
Dr. Reed's practice is a fam-
ily eye care office for ages four
to 100! She will offer complete
eye exams, medical eye care,
contact lens fittings and of
course help with frame selec-
tion. Her practice will focus
on the patient. She believes in
spending quality time with each
patient, but values your time
as well. She doesn't believe in
keeping the patient waiting.
On Wednesday, June 22
from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.,
Dr. Reed will be hosting a grand

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panies in-
cluding Nike, Nautica and Prada
along with music, appetizers
and beverages. Dr. Reed and
her staff are looking forward to
meeting their new neighbors in
St. Augustine. Please feel free to
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Summer countdown!
By Contributing Writer Hannah Foster, FCMS Student

Phew! It's over-or so you
want to think. After spending
the whole year prior prim-
ing for the FCAT, the tests are
finally over. Your teachers
dwindle down on their nightly
homework assignments, while
focusing more on grooming you
for the next grade rather than
for the FCATs. You're think-
ing, "Alright, I'm going to just
relax, go to the beach, hang
out with friends and not worry
about school!" Well, if you
ask me, that is not a grandiose
plan of action. The last months
of school are the most crucial
of them all. You've got finals,
which help decide your final
grade. The eighth graders have

high school and their semi-
formal to be thinking about and
there's still one more report card
to be issued!
You're sitting in science
class and your teacher goes
on endlessly about mechanical
waves, as your mind wanders
somewhere else: the beach!
Soon your teacher is surfing
on the high waves and some of
your classmates are playing vol-
leyball in the sand, while others
are splashing each other in the
water. The warm white sand
gushes in-between your toes.
The cool, salt scented ocean
breeze whips at your face send-
ing shivers down your spine.
In your daydream, you grab

a surfboard to ride alongside
your teacher when suddenly,
the monotone bell rings out
shaking you from your reverie.
You jump up gathering all your
books and run out the door. To
some students, this scene is all
too familiar, others not so much.
Are you one of them?
Families are already plan-
ning lavish vacations to exotic
places, so it's no wonder stu-
dents have difficulties keeping
up in the last months of school.
The forecast of 90 degree
weather tantalizes students to
take a dip in a pool instead of
doing their homework. What to
do? A compromise, of course!
Students should get their home-
work done before they go out-
side with their friends. This way,
without the worry of when they
will get their homework done,
their time outdoors will be more
worry-free and enjoyable!

Local clinics raise money to make Dreams

Come True for local kids

As a child, you believe all
your dreams will come true. As a
child battling a life threatening
illness, Dreams Come True makes
sure that will happen. And for
the second year in a row, so did
Massage Envy. For the month of
May, Massage Envy of Northeast
Florida dedicated a portion of
the proceeds from every service
and gift card sale at all six local
Massage Envy clinics, including
the Mandarin location in Bar-
tram Park, to Dreams Come True,
the First Coast's only locally
based nonprofit organization
dedicated to fulfilling the dreams
of local children with life-threat-
ening illnesses.
"We were truly honored to
once again partner with Massage
Envy and all of its wonderful
clients for this amazing pro-
motion," said Andrea Siracusa,
special projects manager for
Dreams Come True. "As the only
locally based nonprofit grant-
ing dreams for children with life
threatening-illnesses, the support
from companies and residents
of the First Coast area is vital in
our mission to create unforget-
table memories for local chil-
dren. On behalf of our more than
2,750 dreamers and their fami-
lies, thank you to the Massage
Envy clinic owners, staff, and
members, as well as the many
local residents who came out to
support Dreams Come True."
This year Massage Envy of
Jacksonville raised over $14,000
with their promotion and is
able to assist two new dreamers,
which have already been selected
by Dreams Come True.
Dreamer: Katie
Age: 18
Battling: Cancer
Dream: Alaskan Cruise (will
be traveling with her entire
family). She is excited to
explore the beauty of Alaska.
The Carnival Cruise will leave
from Seattle, Washington.
They will be cruising on the
Carnival Spirit ship. Dur-
ing her cruise she will visit
Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan
and Vancouver.
Dream Date: She left on May

Dreamer: Tanner
Age: 16
Battling: Cancer
Dream: Hawaii. Wants to go
surfing and will be traveling
with his mom and dad.
Dream Date: Will be leaving in
The check will be presented
to Dreams Come True at the

Jacksonville Suns game on June
18. Massage Envy has teamed
up with the Jacksonville Suns to
provide a social event for Mas-
sage Envy employees to meet the
Dreams Come True staff and the
children and their families. Last
year's dreamers and their fami-
lies will also be there to enjoy
the event.
"We are so proud our or

staff and members for helping
the dreams of these amazing kids
come true. We are excited to get
all of our employees and mem-
bers together to directly meeting
the people that they are able to
help, it is just a great way to fin-
ish off such a great promotion,"
said Sue Kowalewski, regional
developer of Massage Envy of

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Full: June 15
Last Quarter: June 23
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The Lifestyle Guru

Free things to
By Joy Hartley
School is out and vacations
now begin or the new wave
"Stay-cation" begins. Of course
we have the beaches for long lazy
summer days to loll about and
take a walk in the surf. But when
we tire of this, read on to start
those lazy hazy days of summer!
First on the list, are you
aware of the wonderful ongoing
program the Cummer supports
called Free Tuesdays? The Cum-
mer Museum at 829 Riverside
Avenue in Jacksonville waves all
entrance fees each Tuesday from
4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. On May
13 a new exhibition opened fea-
turing an extensive collection of
Early Meissen Porcelain. Besides
viewing this fabulous exhibition,
additional hands on children's
and adult classes are included.
For more information call the
museum at 356-6857 or check the
website at www.cummer50.org.
Next, take a hike south to
downtown St. Augustine and
view the Lightner Museum; this
history goes way back too. First
opening as the Alcazar Casino
and Bath Hotel in 1889, the
museum now houses a collection
of eclectic Victorian artifacts. You
can eat lunch in the Alcazar Cafe
and shop for antiques in the emp-
tied pool area. Entrance fees are
free with your St. Johns County
valid I.D. or driver's license.
On a Saturday morning, get
up and experience the Riverside
Arts Market! Entrance and park-

The menu goes like this: Coq
au Vin with Rosemary potatoes
and the meal ends with flan. But
you don't have to get your credit
card out and get ready to break
the bank account. This meal
could cost you merely seven or
nine American dollars right here
on the First Coast! There are a
handful of fine eateries in the
area that are anything but typi-
cal. You can enjoy international
themed buffets for lunch or din-
ner and help rising stars at area
culinary arts schools.
Local professional chefs
interviewed for this article tout
these training establishments for
their fine work in the industry.
According to one chef, he jumps
to hire our locally educated
starters. They know how to work,
from the front to the back. They
can cook a fine meal, serve it in
style and go back and clean up
that kitchen spic and span!
Let's start our dining expe-
rience in St. Augustine at First
Coast Technical College's restau-
rant called Walter's Reef. Chef
Anthony Lowman runs the facil-
ity whose menu changes daily.
They alternately operate both
buffet style serving and ala carte
orders which are hand deliv-
ered. There's always fresh salads
with homemade dressings, fresh
vegetables and the bake shop
provides wonderful fresh breads
and deserts. They also have a
conference center and banquet
room available for large groups.
The "Reef' is open Monday
through Thursday from 11:15
a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; it is located
on Collins Avenue on the col-
lege's campus. The fixed price
is $8 for your complete meal
including a drink. No reserva-
tions are needed but are pre-
ferred; phone them at 547-3455
for more information.
Traveling north up US High-

more Gainesville information,
visit the museum website at www.

do in J Flmnh.org and the gardens at
Sdo in June www.kanapaha.org.
Picnicking on Sundays is a
ing are free. The setting under Southern family favorite thing
the Fuller Warren Bridge is shady to do. Just visit any state park
and cool thanks to the breezes for lunch by accessing the www.
off the St. Johns River. Besides FloridaStatePark.org website. Our
the fabulous prepared food by the family's favorite is Washington
vendors, fresh products can be Oaks State Park. It's close by, very
bought to savor all week. Visit shady and has a garden stroll for
wwwRiversideArtsMarket.com after lunch exercise.
for the musicians' schedule each High on the list of "best fond
week. memories" of our now teenagers
The concert season in St. is the day we literally ran into
Augustine's Plaza area begins Bull's Chips. This was a virtual
Memorial Day and continues all potato experience for family.
summer long on Thursdays at While on the way to Palatka, we
7:00 p.m. Also, the City of St. Au- saw this sign for the home of
gustine Beach has a "Music by the Bull's Chips in Hastings. We piled
Sea" concert series. You can hear out of the car and went inside
live music performances at the and the kids had a ball watch-
St. Augustine Pier Pavilion every ing the women hand fry potato
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. through- wedges; they even got a try at
out the summer. Also when you cooking!
get hot, consider playing in the The Fourth of July is right
new water park there. upon us with fun free things to
San Sebastian Winery is an do. Jacksonville has their display
upscale adult afternoon if you over at Metropolitan Park and St.
have visitors in for the weekend. Augustine celebrates with fire-
The winery's daily tours and wine works on the historical bay front.
tasting is at no charge. This is
quite a nice little tour and the gift Nease Happenings
shop is filled with fun little gift
items. Readv. Set. S_

A run down to Gainesville
is a day trip thing to do. The
University of Florida has a fun
thing to visit called the Florida
Museum of Natural History which
is located on campus on Cultural
Plaza. The highlight of the visit is
the Butterfly Rainforest gardens.
While there, look into going to
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. For





way 1 you find The Art Institute
of Jacksonville's Passport Restau- 0
rant, located at 8775 Baypine a
Road. Director of this facility is
Chef Mark Mattern. They serve
up global cuisine starting on
July 1 for their summer session. �
The restaurant is open Tuesdays q
and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.
until 1:30 p.m. This student-run r
operation also occasionally caters
for non-profit groups and other
organizations. For more informa-
tion they can be reached at their
direct line, 486-3139.
Florida State College of
Jacksonville's Culinary Arts and
Hospitality School runs The Mal-
lard Room on its North Jack-
sonville Campus. The students
entertain diners by planning
themed events throughout the
summer. June dates scheduled for
these fun luncheons are June 14,
21 and 28. The Mallard Room's
direct reservation line can be
reached by dialing 766-5555.
Clara's at the Cathedral is a
joint venture between St. John's
Episcopal Church and the Clara
White Mission Center's culinary
arts training program. Students
of the program serve a beauti-
ful luncheon each Friday in
the church's gorgeous dining
hall, which is located at 256
East Church Street in down-
town Jacksonville. Expect white
linen cloths, waiters in formal
attire, live music and excel-
lent food at this venue. Go to
www.ClaraWhiteMission.org on
Wednesday for the week's menu.
They all put a lot of work
and planning into their deliv-
ery of fine cuisine to the public.
Remember while dining that they
are not yet professionals but they
are fresh, excitingly creative and
eager to please and donations to
their programs are always ap-




By Contributing Writer Brittany Dirks, Nease Student
In the last few weeks there the mailbox sa
have been an enormous amount me! Come see!
of exams, projects and extra How is it possi
redit assignments that could all this? That's
make or break the grade book. junior asks wh
Advanced Placement (AP) and and never seer
international Baccalaureate (IB) Throughout th
xams have been strenuous on all been visiting c
students in the courses. Those IB varying amoui
eniors are rejoicing as their last When free tim
imes sitting in the Nease gym the form of su
rith a tarp under their feet or ing seniors wil
n the ROTC room pass with the make somethit
constant sound of scribbling pens so they have s
or pencils. And as the end nears, about in their
11 the underclassmen are getting The sopho
ntsy with premature senioritis. like bean sproi
For juniors, it's time to scout with caution f(
out colleges. With most exams heard is, "the 1
over and summer approaching school:'." When
quicker and slower than ever at out the home
he same time, college mail ar- summer, a wid
ives in mountains and overflows be heard rever

ying, "Hey! Pick
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bible to sort through
a question every
hen the time comes
ms able to answer.
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colleges and doing
ints of research.
e presents itself in
mminer, all the ris-
1l be attempting to
ng of their summer
something to write
application essays.
mores are growing
uts and preparing
or what they've
hardest year of high
the teachers pass
rork to do over the
e-spread groan can
berating through-

St. Johns Bluff Rd

out the school. Upon their return
home, some even discovered
that the first dribbles of college
mail have started dripping into
their mailbox. And as their final
days as underclassmen end, they
look to the next year with round
eyes filled with excitement and
And those cute little fresh-
man are thinking with excite-
ment, "We're not freshman
anymore!" and smiling as they
admire the small stack of summer
work and the long days on the
beach. As they sit blissfully in the
sun, remembering the good times
(and maybe some of the bad) of
their first year in high school,
they try not to think about what's
coming in the following years.
All in all, the Neasians are
all bursting with the summer
variation of Spring Fever and are
plowing through the final assign-
ments of the year, just trying to
get by so they can lounge in the
sun in a bathing suit.

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BTHS Happenings

BTHS seniors accepted at over 100 colleges

and universities
By Ray Tuenge, Jr., Bartram Trail High School Senior

The college admissions
cycle for the high school Class
of 2011 is coming to a close
and Bartram Trail High School
seniors have had a great year.
This year's graduates of Bartram
Trail have been accepted at over
100 colleges and universities in
26 states, as well as the District
of Columbia and Canada.
Some of the colleges and
universities Bartram gradu-
ates will be attending include
Arizona State, Auburn, Boston
University, Clemson, Drexel,
Elon, George Mason, George
Washington, Ole Miss, Penn
State, Princeton, Notre Dame,
San Diego State, Texas AEtM,
The Citadel, Virginia Tech and
Wake Forest. Of course, Florida
colleges and universities will
be well-represented, includ-
ing University of Florida and
Florida State University. Many
Bartram graduates have elected
to stay in the Jacksonville area
to attend college at Jacksonville

University, the University of
North Florida and Florida State
College at Jacksonville, as well
as Flagler College in St. Augus-
tine. Many Bartram students
earned scholarships for academ-
ic merit or athletics.
The Bartram Trail High
School community is also hon-
ored to have some of its class of
2011 graduates serve the nation
in three branches of the mili-
tary, including the Air Force,
Army and Marine Corps.
On Friday, April 29, Bartram
Trail students and teachers ac-
knowledged graduating seniors
by wearing t-shirts from the
colleges, universities, military
branch or careers that they'll
be heading to after graduation.
It was a very colorful day as
an assortment of future Gators,
Dolphins, Terrapins, Bulls and
Gamecocks mixed it up with
Seminoles, Patriots, Rebels and
even one or two Fighting Irish.
Reflecting the sentiment

of the entire campus commu-
nity, Andrew Hurley, a Bartram
Trail counselor, said, "We are
so proud of all of our graduates
and we are looking forward to
celebrating their accomplish-
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Helping Hands update
By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou

Helping Hands of St. Johns
County recently met and made
50 Mothers Day baskets for the
women at Betty Griffin House
in St. Augustine. The tote bags,
which were donated by Winn Di-
xie, were filled with new clothes,
cosmetic bags filled with make
up, jewelry and assorted acces-
sories. This is the fourth year that
the group has tried to make it a
special day for the women.
Helping Hands will meet on
June 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith
Community Church Community
Center on County
Road 210 next to
Cimarrone. They
will be conduct-
ing a food drive to
benefit the local
food pantry at Cel-
ebration Lutheran
Church. The youth
branch of the group,
which will meet on
Wednesday, June
15, will be also
collecting food and
With the children
out of school for
the summer, there Helping Hand
is a real need since
there are no free lunch programs
like during the school year.
Peanut butter, jelly, mac and
cheese, crackers, soup, healthy
snacks, juice boxes, tuna fish
would be appreciated. Food may
be brought that day or dropped
at Faith Community during the
week of June 24.
Members or any one inter-
ested in retrofitting clothing for
our wounded military should

plan on attending the meeting on
June 24 at 10:00 a.m. or on June
10 at 10:00 a.m. Sue Fischer, our
liaison with Sew Much Comfort,
will be coordinating this effort.
This nationwide project has been
a Godsend to those brave soldiers
who have lost limbs and are be-
ing rehabilitated at military hos-
pitals in the United States. They
are in need of new good quality
long or short sleeve (no golf type)
t-shirts from size medium to
extra large, athletic shorts (cotton
type) and pajama bottoms. Please

s members with Mother's Day baskets.
contact gsusanb@hotmail.com
for more information!
Helping Hands will also be
hosting a Father's Day barbeque
at Trout Creek Senior Center
on June 17. Anyone interested
in joining should contact jacq-
phil@aol.com. The group will be
preparing and serving lunch and
visiting with the seniors.
Youth Helping Hands (YHH)
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Junior Girl Scout Troop 1146 of Cross Roads Creek Service Unit at Juling-
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Caring. Child Life Services assisted in distributing these gifts to Wolfson
Children's Hospital. This donation is intended to encourage children
and families during their hospital visits. Thankyou to our community in
helping us achieve the largest contribution thus far from Troop 1146!
Pictured are: Macey Faust, Kate Shock, Piper King, Hannah Norris, Mal-
lory Warner, Alecia Haire, Natalie King, Olivia Ross, Gray Bennett, Gabi
Tavernier. Not pictured are Keegan Connolly, Libby Preslock, Catherine
Keith, assistant Leader Saundra Haire and Leader Sharon Norris.

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editorial knowledge well beyond
their years.
We hope that they have
learned and expanded their
writing talents as a result of
their association with The
CreekLine and wish them all the
best in their future endeavors!

Raymond Tuenge
BTHS Happenings

Tuenge graduated from
Bartram Trail High School, but
actually only spent his senior
year there. Previously, he at-
tended Seminole High School

in Largo, Florida, where he
was on the cross-country team,
played basketball and baseball
and participated in the journal-
ism club, drama club and string
orchestra, where he played the
cello. At BTHS, he was a school
newspaper reporter and office
intern. Tuenge will attend Santa
Fe College in Gainesville in the
fall, where he intends to play
baseball and write for the col-
lege newspaper. Tuenge states
that although he hasn't decided
on a major, he is very interested
in history, political science and
literature. His ultimate goal is to
attend the University of Florida.

David Varga
Nease Sports Roundup

Varga graduated from Allen
D. Nease High School, where
was an AP Scholar and a three
year member of the varsity golf
team. Varga had the honor of
being captain of the golf team
his senior year. He will attend
Florida Atlantic University in
the fall with plans to major in
neuroscience and behavior and
plans to play golf at the univer-
Best wishes from all of us at
The CreekLine to these graduat-
ing seniors!
Editor's Note: As we say goodbye to
this year's senior writers, we now
have a few student writer positions
available for underclassmen. Please
contact us at editor@thecreekline.
corn if you are interested in becom-
ing one of our student writers for
next year!

to the
Class of
" 2011!

Back row: Ingrid Griffin, Lauren Martinelli, Kaley Liang, Ammar laufiq,
Assistant Principal Monique Keaton; Front row: Tyler Matson (three-time
champion), Abigail Zilberman, Katelyn Tauzel

Julington Creek Elementary
School teacher Ingrid Griffin's
annual Papa Johns Typing Con-
test was held on Tuesday, May
24 and the results are in! Fifteen
students qualified for the typing
finals by typing 35 words per
minute (wpm) or higher with at
least 85 percent accuracy. The
top six finalists won a Papa
Johns large pizza and Tyler
Matson, Kaley Liang and Lauren
Martinelli beat Griffin, winning
a T-shirt too!
The top finalists were:

in April made over 60 bags of
cheer for the children at Wolfson
and residents of Westminster
Woods. The YHH group meets
on the third Wednesday of the
month at 7:00 p.m. at Faith Com-
munity Center for approximately
an hour. The next meeting will
be June 15 at 7:00 p.m. Helping
Hands is a volunteer organization

Katelyn Tauzel - 51 wpm
Abigail Zilberman - 52 wpm
Ammar Taufiq - 53 wpm
Lauren Martinelli - 60 wpm
Kaley Liang - 61 wpm
Tyler Matson - 72 wpm
This is the third year in
a row that Tyler Matson has
beaten Griffin and he was hon-
ored with a trophy for being the
only student to ever make the
finals (and beat) Griffin every
year. Thank you to Papa Johns
and TCBY for their support with
this contest.

that does a small project for the
community each month. There
are no dues, officers or stress.
Members come when they can
and do what they can. They rely
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cheer camp

Creekside High School's var-
sity cheer team is holding their
annual Summer Cheer Camp
from June 27 through June 30
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
All girls enrolled in kindergarten
through fifth grades at St Johns
County schools during the 2011-
2012 school year are invited to
The cost of the camp is $95.
Every camper can expect inter-
active and fun instruction from
varsity cheer coaches and varsity
cheer team members. Activities
at camp will focus on cheers,
chants, jumps, stretches, dance,
arts and crafts and other fun
Campers will perform for
their family and friends on the
last day of camp and will be

Just for Babies
at the Bartram Trail
Branch Library
Tuesday, June 14, 21, 28
10:15 am
This is a one-on-one lap sit
storytime for babies birth-15
months and their caregivers.
One child per adult, please.

invited to perform during half-
time at a Creekside High School
Knights football game during
the year. Contact Varsity Cheer
Coach Jamie Godfrey at god-
frej@stjohns.kl2.fl.us or get reg-
istration information and forms
at the Creekside High School
website at www.cshs.stjohns.kl2.
fl.us. Once on the school website,
click on Athletics, then Camps
and then Cheer Camp.

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Eagle Scout Mac Culkeen has
attended many activities over
the years at San Juan Del Rio
Catholic Church, each time notic-
ing how people lingered about
in the wooded area between the
Parish Hall and State Road 13.
Seeing how everyone enjoyed the
area helped him formulate his
idea for his Eagle Scout project.
His idea burst into reality during
a meeting in December 2010 with
Fr. John Tetlow stating his desire
for a picnic area for parishioners
to gather as a community.
Culkeen put forward his
concept for how beautification
of this area would enhance the
weekly coffee and doughnuts
events, parish barbeques, parish
picnic, oyster roast, confirmation
and first communion recep-
tions, meetings and other parish
events. Fr. Tetlow gave Culkeen
the thumbs up and he began his
planning. He met with a mas-
ter gardener numerous times to
learn about plants which would
survive in a shady and water
challenged environment. His
final plan included three envi-
ronmentally friendly gardens to
enhance the picnic area. He also
did extensive research on which
picnic tables, park benches and
trash receptacles would be the
most durable and yet be the best
To accomplish the project he

solicited donations of materials
from local vendors. He also gave
a very professional presentation
to the members of Knights of
Columbus Switzerland Council
12664, which resulted in a gen-
erous monetary donation to the
With everything approved
and acquired he gathered a group
of fellow scouts and friends to-
gether to build the project. They
sanded, stained and constructed
the picnic tables and benches on
Saturday, February 19 in prepa-
ration for the final installation
on Saturday, February 26, 2011.
The preparation was the easy
part. As they worked in the heat
of the day cleaning the picnic
area, spreading wood chips,

planting the gardens and plac-
ing the new tables and benches
in the area they were distracted
three times-three times during
the project that Saturday they
put their Scout training to work.
They helped put out three fires
that were started along State
Road 13 by the hot mufflers of
vehicles on the road shoulder.
The St. Johns County Fire De-
partment thanked them for their
prompt response and assistance.
Eagle Scout Mac Culkeen is a
parishioner of San Juan Del Rio
Church. He is a senior at Bartram
Trail High School and a member
of the SJDR Youth Group and a
very active member of San Juan
Del Rio Troop 287.

COA para-transit driver takes top honors

in Daytona
By Contributing Writer Susan Johnson, St. Johns County Council on Aging

No, it wasn't the Daytona
500-but, in the scheme of trans-
portation and mobility options
for seniors in St. Johns County,
this Daytona win was much
more meaningful! For the third
time in four years, a member
of the Council on Aging (COA)
transportation team has taken
home a trophy at the Florida
Triple Crown ROADeo, held April
15 and 16 in South Daytona.
The competition consisted
of a seven-minute "road test"
in which drivers are assessed
on their skills in performing a
variety of mobility moves like
sudden stops, back-up maneu-
vers, right and left hand turns
and correct positioning of front
and back wheels when prepar-
ing for wheelchair deployments.
In addition, there is a one-hour
written test. Approximately 26
drivers participated in the state-
wide "ROADeo" but only one -
COA's Jack Binegar- took home
top honors in the Cutaway (22
foot) Bus category!
Binegar is a three-year vet-
eran of the COA transportation
organization and is no stranger

to driving awards...he took
second place in a ROADeo
two years ago. What allowed
him the edge this year?
"I hit the bulls-eye zone
in the wheelchair deployment
category," explained Binegar.
"There are a specific number
of points awarded for having
the front and back wheels
positioned correctly and at
the proper distance from
the curb. Seems like a small
thing, but it really facilitates
passenger and driver safety.
Additional points are given
for being in the 'bulls-eye
zone' or having perfect position-
ing for your vehicle."
Binegar will be taking his
driving skills to the National
Community Transportation
ROADeo finals, to be held June 4
and 5 in (fittingly enough) India-
COA Safety Coordinator
Larry Coffman agreed saying
that, "We place great emphasis
on driving skills and driving
safety and our drivers have
earned awards for the last three
out of four years. In addition

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to Jack's first and second place
honors, driver Myrick Snopek
'drove off with a third place win
last year.'
Congratulations to Jack
Binegar, Myrick Snopek, Larry
Coffman and the entire COA
Transportation Team. It looks
like we should all sit back and
leave the driving to them!
For more information on
services provided through the
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please call 209-3710 or visit

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Congratulations to Donna Keathley, Rookie
Partner of the Year

School District holds

"Academy Awards"

The St. Johns
County School
District hosted its
annual Acad-
emy Awards
on Thursday,
May 5 at the
new Northeast
Regional Air-
port Conference
Center. The event
celebrates busi-
ness and com-
munity partners
who are involved
in the school
district's career
The National
Safety Commis-
sion (NSC) was
named Business The CreekLine's c
Partner of the dent Dr. Joseph J
Year for expand-
ing its support to all six district
career academies through a
service-learning project focus-
ing on the dangers of dis-
tracted driving. NSC actively
participates in the project by
providing industry knowledge,
marketing guidance and in-
kind promotional materials to
the Communications Academy
at Nease High School, which
is coordinating the campaign.
Partners from NSC also conduct
school presentations on driver's
safety and have created a fund-
raising opportunity as a sustain-
able means of revenue for the
The Rookie Partner of
the Year award went to The
CreekLine's own Donna Keath-
ley of Keathley Fashions for
her involvement in Bartram
Trail High School's Academy
of Design and Construction.
Keathley is a member of the
advisory board and has helped
arrange student internships,

own Donna Keathley with Superinten-
student modeling opportunities
and fashion displays featuring
student designs.
Three student teams were
also recognized for their Proj-
ect Green engineering projects
focusing on "green" building
concepts. First place went to
Team ECO at Pedro Menendez
High School for their unique
campsite design. Second place
was awarded to the Green
Chiquitas of Bartram Trail High
School for a mall design us-
ing low cost alternative energy.
Third place went to Team Midori
of Creekside High School for
their design of an addition to
their school to make it more
energy efficient.
In addition, scholarships
were presented to students from
the following business partners:
the Air Force Association -
Falcon Chapter, Flagler Hospi-
tal, Northeast Florida Builders
Charitable Foundation, St. Au-
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By Contributing Writer Belinda Smith, Bartram Trail High School
Students in Allison Ed- sociation of Media Educators
wards' TV production classes (FAME) - Jim Harbin Student
were given an opportunity to Media Festival. The Jim Harbin
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ents of students communicating
through media production.
Working in conjunc-
tion with Bartram Trail High
School's media specialist,
Suzy Smith, Edwards' classes
produced four public service
announcements (PSA) for the
competition. (A public serve an-
nouncement is a short message
that informs or updates the pub-
lic about activities or important
Four PSAs from Bartram
Trail High School were sent to
the St. Johns County Schools
Media Services Department for
review to select an honorary
and first, second and third place
winners from the entire school
BTHS students captured all
the awards in the PSA category:
First place: "The Best PSA
Ever" designed by Matt
Allen, Kayleigh Aston and
Katelyn Aulenbach
Second place: "The Dangers
of Texting While Driving"
constructed by Larry Don-
ald, Tanner Folds, Michael
Jefferys, Rachel Lange and
Mark Mimms
Third place: "Texting and
Driving Dangers" created
by Kayleigh Aston, Katelyn
Aulenbach, Tanner Folds and
Rachel Lange
Honorable Mention: "Preg-
nancy Scare" created by
Olivia Crowthers and Daniela
All county level first place
winners of the Jim Harbin
Student Media competition will
advance to regional level com-
petition and regional first place
winners will advance to state
level competition in June.

Bartram Trail students sweep media

competition in PSA Category


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CHS girls' tennis places at

state competition
By Rachel Buff, CHS Student



Nothing is more satisfy-
ing than seeing a coach cry
with pride. The Creekside High
School girls' tennis team is
more than familiar with this
situation. After an undefeated
season (21-0), the team ,!I iuu, .1
a conference title and went on
to the district competition. At
districts, the team handed the
Bolles Bulldogs their second loss
in 14 years and became the first
Creekside team to advance to


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. tion. At
a gold
medal for
Court 3
Ruiz) and
a silver
medal for
Court 2
Danielle Agraviador and fresh-
man Marisa Ruiz) and finished
in fourth place.
Besides the team's success,
Coach Cheryl Keller was very
impressed by the athletic com-
mitment of the girls.
"These girls worked very
hard to get to this point. We
have three players who com-
pete on weekends in tennis
tournaments around the state.
To juggle all that with school
is quite an accomplishment. In
addition to that, several of the
players are in the top 10 of their
class, and every girl has higher
than a 3.7 GPA," Keller shared.
But what was most remark-
able to Keller was the bond
formed within the team.
Keller explained, "As a
coach and a mom, I was incred-
ibly proud of the friendships
formed during the season.
Everyone played an important
part in our success. The older
girls served as great role models
for the younger players, and
everyone felt welcome. The fun
and laughter at every practice
proves how tennis can bring
people together."
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will come back next season
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The Creeks Clash Premier
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championships in May 2011!
At the Palm Bay Spring
Challenge, the team won its
first game and then lost a close
second game. Then, the girls
bounced back to win the third
game to head in to the champi-
onship game. The team played
a great match in the finals and
won the game against First
Coast (Jacksonville) by the score
of 2 to 0.
At the BSI Tournament in
Kissimmee, the girls went unde-
feated in pool play winning two
games and playing one game to
a tie. Heading into the champi-
onship game, the girls faced the
home team (FC America). In the
first half, FC America scored the
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Pain management doctor

joins orthopaedic practice

Orthopaedic Associates of
St. Augustine has announced
the addition of Dr. Andrea
Trescot to its team of specialty
physicians. Dr. Trescot is a
well-known and respected pain
management physician.
A native of Palatka, she
completed her undergradu-
ate studies at the University of
Florida. After joining the United
States Navy, she graduated
from the Medical University of
South Carolina, with internship
and residency in anesthesia at
Bethesda Naval Hospital and
a fellowship in pediatric an-
esthesia at National Children's
Hospital in Washington, DC.
Dr. Trescot is a Fellow of
Interventional Pain Practice
and the current United States
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On June 14, water parks,
pools and other aquatic facili-
ties around the globe will host
the World's Largest Swim Lesson
simultaneously at 11:00 a.m. in
an attempt to break the Guin-
ness World Record for the largest
swim lesson, to build awareness
about the vital importance of
teaching children to swim to help
prevent drowning. Swimming
Safari Swim School will be part
of this challenge, teaching these
lessons at Leigh Meadows Apart-
ments to underprivileged chil-
dren of Jacksonville's Commu-
nity Connections summer camp
program. The lesson will be 45
minutes in length, with approxi-
mately 40 children in attendance.
To make this official, in
order to try to break last year's
record for the Guinness Book
of World Records, (3,971 par-
ticipants in five countries),
there will be two witnesses and
approximately 10 Swimming
Safari instructors guiding the
effort toward this record break-
ing attempt. These free lessons
are a small step toward increased
water safety awareness. This is
the first year Swimming Safari
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in our community.

Grace Johnston was the third
place Top Talent winner, receiving
a $2500 award, at "The Event,"
an acting and modeling show-
case held in Orlando on April 12
through 18. Johnston, is a sixth
grader at Pacetti Bay Middle
School. She performed in 10
showcasing events, including TV
commercial, beauty commercial,
dramatic monologue, comedic
monologue, soap screen test,
sitcom scene challenge, one-liner
and fashion runway modeling. As
a result of the event, Johnston was
offered and signed a contract with
Emerge Talent, headquartered in

Bartram Trail
High School
senior Alyssa
Bodin of
ficially signed
her letter to
swim for the
Hokies of
Virginia Tech
in Blacksburg,
Bodin is
one of only
five indi-
vidual state
in the his-
tory of BTHS,
winning the
2009 Class 2A
Florida High School 100 yard breast stroke. Additionally, she holds the Bears
individual records for the 100 yard breast stroke and the 200 yard individual
medley. Recently while swimming at a Grand Prix event in Charlotte, she
earned an Olympic Qualifying Time for the 100m breast stroke and will
swim for a spot on the United States Olympic team at the trials next sum-
mer in Omaha, Nebraska. Pictured are her swim coach Gustavo Calado of
The Bolles School Sharks and Planet Swim, Jeanette Blake, grandmother;
Jim Blake, grandfather; Marjorie Bodin, mother; and Blake Bodin, brother.

CHS junior wins PSA contest
By Rachel Buff, CHS Student

Anthony Uiordano with his mother and IVIothers Agair
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Creekside High School ju- brain surge:
nior Anthony Giordano recently the hospital
won $2000 for himself and She is lucky
$2000 for his school's T.V. Pro- full recover
duction program after winning contest held
second place in a video PSA Brain injury
contest about the dangerous to encourage
habit of texting while driving, edge a very
The contest was sponsored word was sl
by Mothers Against Brain hopefully te
Injury, a nonprofit organiza- twice about
tion dedicated to raising money Giordano e:
and awareness to aid traumatic The mo
brain injury victims and prevent into a college
future injuries. Students from and will he]
all over the First Coast sub- tion depart
mitted video entries and after equipment.
judges narrowed it down to four "I am v
videos, online voters chose the to help our
winners, department
Giordano, who found out needed mon
about the contest through T.V. helpful in c
Production teacher Kerry Mc- experience,'
Clure, has always been very eluded.
interested in film. Although
"I really enjoy the creativity very person
and the ability to express myself all of Creek
in a way that everyone can benefit front
understand;' he shared.
Giordano is very excited Fa
about his accomplishment, P r
but to him and his family, the
contest was about more than

just the
ber 13,
2007, my
sister suf-
fered a
brain inju-
ry from a
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Wards Creek update
By Contributing Writer Lyn Repsher, Wards Creek PTO

The PTO is wrapping up an-
other successful year at Wards
Creek Elementary School. The
fundraisers are finished, the
play equipment was purchased
and the children are enjoying
the new playground. Thank you
to all our members for all their
hard work in helping the PTO
meet their goal for the 2010-11
school year.
Each year wraps up with
two very special events: Teacher
Appreciation and the Fifth
Grade Celebration. On May
25, the PTO treated the teach-
ers and staff to a special after
school lunch at the King and
Bear Clubhouse. Our teachers
are the best and the PTO wants
them to know it. It is nice to
be able to socialize and spend
time with our teachers outside

of the classroom. The fifth grade
celebration will be held on June
7 and will culminate with the
annual "running through the
hallway" with Principal Don
Campbell. The annual run has
become a rite of passage into
middle school!
The PTO has inducted its
new executive board for the
2011-12 school year. The new
executive board is: Lyn Rep-
sher, president; Amy Lasswell,
first vice president; Gail Rich,
second vice president; Jackie
Grisemer, treasurer; Katie Terry,
recording secretary; Beth Mc-
Cann, corresponding secretary;
Lorrie Contreras, volunteer
coordinator; and Angie Lively,
parliamentarian. Special thanks
go out to the ladies leaving the
PTO board this year, Debbie

Candeletti, Sarah Farmer and
Lisa Knox. These ladies have
given many years of service and
Wards Creek is a better place
thanks to all their hard work.
We wish you luck in all of your
future endeavors!
Planning has begun for the
upcoming school year. If you
would like to volunteer to chair
an event or serve on a commit-
tee please visit the website and
contact any one of the board
members. We will need a lot
of new volunteers next year so
please come out and support
WCE PTO! The Wards Creek PTO
website is www.wardscreekpto.
org. Wards Creek PTO is also on
Facebook! "Like" Wards Creek
Elementary PTO to get up to the
minute updates and volunteer

Cancer Awareness Week at

Hickory Creek

By Contributing Writer Kelly Neel, Fourth

Grade Teacher, Hickory Creek

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cer in a big way! All during
the week of April 25 through
29, Smencils were sold in the
common areas and coins were
collected in each classroom.
The Smencil sale raised over
$461.50 and Coins for a Cure
raised $2,353.89 for The Ameri-
can Cancer Society (ACS).
The ACS is the official
sponsor of birthdays and with
the support of HCE students,
parents and teachers we hope
to find a cure for this horrible
disease that has affected so
many of us. My beloved father,
Colonel Bob O'Neill passed
away in October 2009 from
stage IV lung cancer and we
walk in his memory. My mother,
Kathy O'Neill has been in remis-
sion for 10 years from Stage IV
melanoma and is a survivor in
every sense of the word.
My Relay for Life of Bar-
tram Trail team, The Colonel's
Angels teamed up with HCE
families to raise awareness of
cancer and to fight this dis-
ease head on! HCE Relay for
a Cure took place on Tuesday,
April 26 and students col-
lected pledges from family
and friends-our school raised

a total of $6,075.55 for The
American Cancer Society. Our
Hickory Hawks raised a total of
$8,890.94 and still counting.
It was amazing to see all
kindergarten through fifth grade
students walking on the base-
ball fields at one time with one
mission: to help those affected
by cancer. I would like to give
a heartfelt thank you to all
students, teachers, parents and
administration that have joined
this fight. I truly appreciate your
generosity and acts of kindness.
Lynne Kruse's kindergarten
class and Kelly Neel's fourth
grade class earned a pizza
party provided by The Colonel's
Angels for their top fundrais-
ing efforts during Coins for
a Cure. Additionally, Andrew
Herbst from Mrs. Kruse's class
raised $264 and has earned a
Subway gift card provided by
The Colonel's Angels for his top
fundraising efforts for Relay for
a Cure. Thank you to all of the
HCE classes for giving to ACS.

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By Contributing Writer Paula Cervone, Second Grade Teacher, Julington Creek Elementary School

This was the eighth year
that Julington Creek Elemen-
tary second graders each made
"bunny buddies" to give to
children entering Nemours
Children's Clinic. This year we
donated 185 bunnies made from
dishcloths and ribbons (materi-
als purchased with money given
to us by Wal-Mart of Mandarin).

The bunnies are washable, cud-
dly and each have a poem and
note written by the child who
created the bunny. We have also
enclosed a set of directions so, if
washed, the bunny can easily be
recreated for the child. For the
second time, we collected new
and gently used books for the
children at Nemours. We were

Dottie Anagnostou's
sixth grade students
were up for the
challenge when she
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to write a speech for
the annual Tropicana
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Marra was selected to
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they enter a very stressful situ-
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that they are getting "something
for nothing" and the children do
not want to let them go.
The second graders are
proud of what they have made
and are anxious to give them to
another child in need. We will
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By Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti
Bay Middle School

Author hidley Pearson visited racetti bay!

By the time this is published
school will nearly be closed and
the students will be on their
own to find great books to read.
The end of the year always cre-
ates a mad dash for the "one

more book" before school gets
out. Ridley Pearson definitely
added to the rush for last min-
ute check outs. Students and
faculty alike couldn't wait to tell
me what a great presentation he



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gave here at PBMS. I was at the
International Reading Associa-
tion's Conference in Orlando
and missed his presentation.
While I was at the confer-
ence I picked up so many soon
to be released titles that you
can't even purchase yet. My fa-
vorite is my signed copy of The
Bridge to Never Land by Barry
and Pearson. Be sure to watch
for it in early August! Schus-
terman's newly released Ever-
found rated a great review from
Rozanne Rucker, our seventh
grade language arts teacher. She
managed to read it quickly so
we could pass it on the stu-
dents. Other good finds from the
conference were The Girl Who
Circumnavigated Fairyland in
a Ship of Her Own Making by
Valente, Tuesdays at the Castle
by George, NERDS: National
Espionage, Rescue, and Defense
Society by Buckley, Secrets at
Sea by Peck, Guys Read: Thriller
by Sieszka, Between Two Ends
by Ward and Middle School:
The Worst Years of My Life by
Patterson. Some of the books
I mentioned are new releases,
others are soon to be published.
Our Middle School SSYRA
Battle of the Books took place
the second week in May. Our
PBMS team held strong with
three other schools, but no one
could catch Swiss Point Middle
School's team. They took back
the trophy from us. Our team
included the following students:
Emma Conrad (team captain),
Sonia Rodriguez, Rachel Ed-
wards, Brianna Evans and
Savannah Murray with Kieran
McKee as an alternate. Great
job, Book Battle team!
The Sunshine State Young
Readers list is out and students
have begun reading the books.
I managed to pick several of
the titles up at the Scholastic
Warehouse sale. This is a great
event for anyone in our com-
munity. They open to the public
twice a year and most of the
books are 50 percent off. We are
so fortunate to have the ware-
house right here in Jacksonville.
You can actually sign up to get
their invite each time so you
don't miss it! Back to the list...
there are 15 excellent books. An
option might be to either order
or check out books rather than
trying to buy paper copies. They
are very hard to get this time
of year as all the schools across
Florida are buying them to have
for the fall. I always recommend
books from the past lists as a
great summer read because the
public libraries have plenty of
Summer Reading Programs
Scholastic Summer Reading
Challenge: www.scholastic.
Florida Department of Educa-
tion Summer Reading Chal-
lenge: www.justreadflorida.

Pizza Hut Summer Break
Reading Challenge K-6
(2010-2011): www.bookitpro-
St. Johns County Summer
Reading Program: www.
There are many more op-
tions, a google search will result
in many more. The whole prem-
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The Creeks Clash U12 boys
soccer team had been there be-
fore-one year ago to be exact.
The Palm Bay Spring Challenge,
held annually the last weekend
in April, didn't end well for
them in 2010. Tied after regula-
tion play, the Creeks Athletic
Association (CAA) U12 boys
lost the championship game to
Brevard United in a heartbreak-
ing penalty shootout.
But that was then. This year
the CAA boys dribbled, passed
and shot their way to victory,
easily defeating two teams in
the tournament's first day of
pool play. The second day, the
Creeks boys arrived at the field
determined to advance to the
championship game and take
home the trophy!
The semi-final game
matched Creeks against their
longtime rival, the U12 boys of
Jacksonville Youth Soccer (JYS).
Creeks Clash emerged victori-
ous, narrowly defeating their
opponent 3-2.
Next, the two semifinal
winners eagerly took to the
field for the highly-anticipated
championship game. It was
deja vu. Clash's opponent was
once again Brevard United, who
seemed quite confident after last
year's victory. CAA played hard,
out-hustling their opponent
from the start. Every member
of the Clash team battled their
challenger with smart decisions,
physical intensity, and incred-
ible skill. When the final whistle

blew, the Creeks Clash proved
that they were the better team...
at least in 2011. Final score: 2-0.
Forwards Jake Zona and
Matt Clark led the offensive at-
tack. Working seamlessly with
midfielders Pavan Ramachan-
dria, Brandon Davis, Nick Deal,
Noah Wentzel and Garrison
Turnage, CAA scored an un-
believable 20 goals in the four
tournament games. Defenders
Alexander Wajsman, Michael
Golan, Zach Morris and Taylor
Sweet along with goal keeper
Jared Plotkin shut down their
opponent's offense, allowing
only four goals the entire tour-
The weekend was bitter-
sweet, because it marked the
last tournament this group of
boys will play together as a
team. Next season many things
will change, as they advance
from playing 8v8 to llvll.
Over the past four years, their
esteemed coaches, head coach
Charlie Bentivenga and assistant
Jim Clark, have taught these
boys well. They have patiently
led with wisdom and taught
more than just skills-they've
taught each boy the importance
of hard work, playing as a team,
and good sportsmanship. As
the players progress to the next
phase of their soccer training,
they will always remember their
very first club soccer team-their
coaches, their teammates, and
their thrilling victories.

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Sarah Jacobs, a sixth grader from
Fruit Cove Middle School won the
school and county wide Tropicana
Speech Contest with her speech
titled "Chocolate: A Sweet History."
Jacobs told of how chocolate was
invented, which dated back to the
1200s! When asked how she felt
on stage she had two different an-
swers, "When I won I was extremely
happy, while on stage I was ner-
vous. I think the school competition
was more nerve wracking than the
county competition." After winning
the county contest Jacobs received
a plaque and the school gets a huge
trophy until next year's competition.

The Garden Club of Switzerland, as part of their 50th Anniversary
celebration, spent the lovely morning of May 12 at the Need more
Ranch home of Sarah Bailey. The installation of new officers by
the past director of District IV Florida Federation of Garden Clubs,
Carol Waters, was followed by a luncheon under a canopy of live
oaks. Pictured are C. Fioriti, D. Dowling, M. Holmes, S. Bailey, C.
Mullinax, L. Damle, A. Hendrickson, M. Williams, L. Byers, L. Bous-
quin, Director C. Waters, J. Williams and Club President M. Fraser.
For additional information about the garden club, please call Claire
Fioriti at 287-9772. Picture courtesy of photographer J. Williams.

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Captain David's Fishing Report
By Captain David Lifka

Now that school is out
and summer is here, the time
has arrived to plan some fam-
ily outings. Fishing is always
a great choice, but so is going
to the beach, swimming, bik-
ing, picnicking, boating, kayak-
ing, nature trails, sightseeing
and more. But did you know
all these activities can be added
to your outing just by choos-
ing fishing first? One of the
many pleasures of fishing is the
multitude of places it can bring
you to. Beaches, creeks, lakes,
docks, piers and waterways all
offer a variety of landscapes
and habitats that can be enjoyed
while visiting. There are literally
dozens of nearby fishing loca-
tions just waiting to provide you
and your family with an outdoor
adventure. Here are just a few:
Mickler's Landing and the
"Picnic Tables" are beach ac-
cesses located along an 18 mile
stretch of AlA from Ponte Vedra
to Vilano Beach. Year round
surf fishing along with hunting

sharks teeth, shelling and the rest
of many forms of entertainment
the beach can provide makes
these locations a quick and easy
In the shadow of the St.
Augustine Lighthouse is the
Lighthouse Pier. This modern pier
comes equipped with benches,
handrails and fish cleaning sta-
tions and offers views of the
lighthouse and salt run. With a
nearby playground and a tour of
the lighthouse, the kids are sure
to come home tired.
Washington Oaks Gardens
State Park just south of Marine-
land on AlA has something for
the whole family. Beach, bike,
hike, and picnic can all be in-
cluded on this fishing trip. With
the Atlantic Ocean and the park's
famous coquina rock beach on
one side of the highway, and na-
ture trails and gardens bordering
the Matanzas River on the other,
this park is a "must do:'."
The largest spring on the St.
Johns River is Blue Springs and
is located at Blue Springs State
Park in Orange City. The quarter-
mile run from the spring to
the St. Johns River provides an
aquatic adventure that includes
swimming, tubing, snorkeling,
and even scuba diving. At the
end of the run there is a boat
ramp and a dock for fishing.
During the winter months the
spring serves a manatee refuge
as its 73 degree waters provide
the warmth needed to survive till
spring. You will want to do this
park twice.
Fishing Report: Freshwater
creeks and ponds should be good
for bream and catfish. In the
St. Johns River look for redfish
around the Buckman and Doctors
Lake bridges. Due to the high
salt content in the river, you may
have to look further south for
yellowmouth and croakers.
Whether you catch one, none
or some, the family time and
memories spent fishing will last
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CHS Sports Roundup
By Grant Piper, CHS Student

The end of the year is here!
Track wound down with some
interesting results and spring
football training has started up
in preparation for next year.
As expected, Jimmy Clark
brought home some state glory
from the Florida State Track
meet. Clark ran the 1600 meter
run and the 3200 meter run
which are his two best events.
He managed to bring home a
state victory in the 3200 meter
while taking second in the 1600
meter. Clark also took the state
championship for the cross
country course back in the fall
and has committed to run for
the University of Florida.
The other group to do well
at state was the girls' 4x800
meter relay team. The team
consisted of Lauren and Kaitlin
Rodriguez, Bre Saunders and
Ashley Laguna and placed fifth
overall in the state. All of them
are juniors save for Laguna,
meaning they'll return for a
strong season next year. Lauren
and Kaitlin Rodriguez are twins
who have headed the girls' long
distance team since the school
opened. They have been known
to place first and second in both
the mile and two mile races.
The boys' 4x800 meter relay
team was state ready and had
been prepared to advance to
the state meet until a decision
came down from head coach
Eric Frank during the regional
meet. At the last moment Coach
Frank decided to pull Jimmy
Clark from the 4x800 meter

relay to conserve Clark's energy
for his other events (the 4x800
being the first event of the day).
The other three boys on the
team still had to run but Clark
stepped off when the baton
came to him, disqualifying the
boys' 4x800 from the regional
meet and barring their chances
at a state win.
As one sport ends another
begins. Springtime also marks
the beginning of spring train-
ing camp for the football team.
Training consists of basic tests
of strength, agility and skills.
The tests are preformed in order
to gain a better understanding
of the team's current skills. This
training comes in addition to
the football players' other work-
outs which are done year-round.
The team moves up from simple
tests to harder workouts before
transitioning into pads for their
spring skirmishes.
Hopefully spring training
goes well and the year-round
work outs help our players stay
in shape and get ready for the
2011-2012 season. With Duval
County having some issues with
their sports programs due to
lack of funding, no one knows
how this coming season will
play out. Also the St. Johns
County football districts have
been scrambled to better ac-
commodate Creekside and Ponte
Vedra as well and the final ar-
rangements for that shuffle have
yet to be seen. With the current
year all but gone we hope and
look forward to the next one.

Traveling through time cont from page 1

lines they learn from their parts
in the play they still remember
their parts years after they leave
my class.
"The children love pro-
ducing the play each year. It
includes 40 speaking roles. This
gives each child the experience
of being an actor and gaining
the confidence that accompanies
being on the stage," she shared.
The production is com-
pletely run by the students who
manage the sets, sound and
lights. Over the years, the par-
ents have made and donated all
of the costumes.
Baker quipped, "Some of the
shyest students really blossom
with the performing experience

and I love seeing that confi-
dence build:'."
If you missed the special
long running theatrical produc-
tion, fear not. Baker advised
that the history curriculum is
changing in the coming year
and her muse is again prod-
ding her to create a new play to
enhance the experience of the
upcoming fifth graders at Cun-
ningham Creek Elementary. We
wait with anticipation for the

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Congratulations to
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tary School third grader
Christian Middleton, who
placed third in his age
bracket in his first USA
Triathlon at the "2011
First Coast Kids Triathlon"
on Sunday, May 1. He
had so much fun com-
peting that he decided
to do another triathlon
a few weeks later, the
USA Triathlon "BFAST"
in Jacksonville Beach, in
which he won second
place for his age bracket.
His inspiration has come
from his grandfather,
"Grandpa Dad," who
has finished 31 Ironman
Triathlons and his grand-
mother, "Tutu," who is an
ultra runner and thinks
nothing of running just
another 100 mile race!

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BTHS Sports Roundup
By Jared Freitas, BTHS Student

Nease Sports Roundup
By David Varga, Nease Student

The final month of the
school year has arrived. The
spring season has come to an
end and concludes this fine
athletic season. Every athlete is
finished with school sports and
looking forward to the summer
season. Seniors are finished with
high school and many are ex-
cited for college. We would like
to congratulate all of the seniors
who have received an athletic
scholarship and will be attend-
ing the college of their choice to
play their respected sports.
The tennis team had a very
good end to their season. They
had a lot of upcoming talent in
both the boys' and girls' divi-
sions. They have a lot to look
forward to next season. They
had some good individual
finishes for both the boys' and
girls' teams at districts as well as
The boys' and girls' lacrosse
teams did not fare well at the
end of their season when they
got to the district tournament;
however, they too are both
young teams with a very bright
future. They both look to im-
prove on their season next year
and bring back a championship.
The softball team was
another team that had a rough
year; however, they improved
on their previous season. They
look to do the same thing next
season. They have many return-
ing juniors and seniors that are
looking to improve their talents

over the summer and therefore
have a much better season next
The boys' weightlifting team
had a very productive season
to conclude the year. They had
a few notable finishes to the
season. Another good end to
the season was provided by the
wrestling team that had an indi-
vidual win states.
The boys' baseball team had
a very good season. After going
far last year, they had a lot to
live up to and they did just that.
They made it to the districts final
and brought home the district
title. They played well in the
regional tournament and fell just
short of a chance to get into the
state championship.
Lastly the track and field
team achieved many wonder-
ful accomplishments this season
and none more important than
making a state appearance and
bringing home some medals.
They did it in fashion too, with
the boys' relay breaking the
existing record at Nease.
It was a wonderful year for
all Nease athletics. Many new
memories where made along
with many records broken. For
now we say goodbye and most
importantly good luck to both
the athletes who are moving on
and those who are coming back.
We wish them the best and hope
for many more great things to
come next year!

CHS hosts NCAA 101

On Monday, April 18, the
Creekside Knights Athletic Boost-
er Club and CHS Athletic Depart-
ment hosted a special program
for student athletes who have an
interest in participating in college
sports at the Division I, II, III or
community college level. Top-
ics included eligibility, timelines,
recruiting, protocol and NCAA
Sheri Holt, former director
of compliance at Flagler College
conducted the presentation which
was open to all students and
parents in St. Johns County. The
program also included a panel
of coaches, athletes and a parent
who had advice, guidance and
tips to share with the audience.
The panel included Jay Cody,
head basketball coach at CHS and

former coach at Columbia Uni-
versity; Tracy Reed, head swim
coach at CHS who has two CHS
swimmers committed to swim
at the college level in the fall;
Steffi Sorensen, BTHS basketball
stand-out from the class of 2006
who spent her collegiate career
at Florida Gulf Coast University,
Santa Fe College in Gainesville
and the University of Florida and
signed a professional basketball
contract with a Division I team in
France; Jimmy Clark, CHS senior
cross country/track athlete, CHS's
first state champion and signee
for the University of Florida; and
Jim Clark, his dad.
The presentation materials
can be found on the CHS athletic
website at www-cshs.stjohns.kl2.

The life of a teenager can be
very hectic as they frenetically
mill about school, work and
home. In addition to this, teen-
agers begin to experience the
shift from a life under parental
authority to one with more free-
dom, which appears extremely
enticing to most teenagers who
are eager to accelerate to the
next stage in their life. This fact
causes them to forget to slow
down and appreciate their ac-
complishments and experiences
of both the past year and the
past season.
In order to prevent this, a
quick review of the 2010-2011
sports year was a necessity. This
year has featured disappoint-
ments and victories for Bar-
tram's athletic program as goals
were achieved, while others were
left untouched. The softball and
girls' lacrosse teams made trips
deep into the state playoffs,
while the girls' basketball and
both soccer teams suffered de-
feats in the district playoffs.
Loaded with eight seniors,
the Bears softball team looked to
dominate regular season oppo-
nents. With a 23-2 record, the
Bears sufficiently accomplished
this goal. Consistency has been
the staple of Coach Harmon's
softball teams, as they have
never had a losing season and
reached the state playoffs every
year since the school's fri,.ihiiu.
11 years ago. Seemingly tired of
winning, the Bears added some
theatrics this year by waiting
until the waning innings of the
game in order to take the upper
hand. The regional semifinal
against Paxon perfectly exem-
plified these late game heroics,
as the Bears took the game 4-3,
after Paxon had scored three
straight runs in the seventh,
without recording an out. A
heavy dose of senior leader-
ship definitely attributed to this
cool-headedness late in games;
however, underclassmen also
made legitimate contributions,

most notably freshmen Kelsey
Chisholm, and junior Laura
Campion, both of whom added
an offensive spark that the Bears
lacked a season ago. Despite los-
ing to Eau Gallie 4-2 in the state
semifinal game, this senior class
will go down in history as one
of the most successful softball
teams in North Florida, as they
took home two state champi-
onships, four district titles and
made four trips to the final four.
Four has become a common
number for these seniors as of
late, but this shows that they
have been relevant every year of
their high school career and ex-
emplifies why Bartram Trail has
become a team that opponents
circle on their schedule.
The track and field squad
served as an appropriate foil to
the softball team this year, as
they were virtually devoid of se-
niors. However, this proved not
to be a problem for this team,
which featured a number of
remarkable underclassmen. Hav-
ing only sent one athlete to the
state competition last year, the
boys' team sent a whole 4x800
relay team, made up of juniors
Adam Leo and Brandon Carver
and seniors Kevin Murman and
Tyler Blair. In addition, sopho-
more Nick Uruburu competed
and finished seventh in the state
in the 400m race.
The girls' lacrosse team had
yet another successful season
this year, as they made it back
to the regional final after having
a stellar 13-2 record entering
the match. Led by attackers Me-
lissa Coggins and Taylor Mc-
Cord, Bartram secured key wins
against district rivals Creekside
and Ponte Vedra during the sea-
son and its only two losses were
against two top ten teams from
Orlando. Despite this, the Bears
suffered their third straight loss
to Winter Springs and failed to
make it to the final four.
Similar to the girls' lacrosse
and softball teams, the girls'

soccer team entered this year
coming off an excellent year
and in their case, their best
year yet, as they had reached
the state championship game.
However this season proved to
be a rebuilding year for Bartram,
as underclassmen struggled to
fill the void left by Sam Scalf
and Alicia Jacobson, who led
the way through the playoff
onslaught the previous year.
Despite having winning seasons,
both the boys' and girls' soccer
teams lost to Ponte Vedra 2-0 in
the district semifinal.
The girls' basketball team
had high hopes for success this
year, as they contained the right
mix of senior and underclass-
men talent; however, they could
not get over the St. Augustine
obstacle. In three games against
them this year, the Bears lost all
three including in the regional
playoffs, which knocked Bar-
tram out.
Remembering past seasons
helps provide perspective for
the upcoming year, as well as
promoting appreciation for goals
accomplished. Using the les-
sons learned from this season,
Bartram's athletic program will
come back from summer va-
cation better prepared for the
2011-12 season.

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just got easier.

Mandarin Pediatrics offers care for your child
through every stage of life, from birth to
adolescence. And because we are affiliated with
Wolfson Children's Hospital, you have access to the
area's only hospital just for kids should you need it.

Services include:
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* Newborn through adolescence RobinP.ohnson, ANP
* Sports and school physical GaryG. Soud, MD
Jennifer N. Keen, MD
* Well child exams and immunizations
* Monthly Open House with physicians for Ginny G. Black, MD
expecting parents
* Separate entrances, check-in, check-out and
waiting areas for sick and well visits

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Purposeful Parenting

Red, White and You
ByAllie Olsen, www.gracefullmom.com
Three cheers for the red, everyday busyness, the "minor"
white and blue! holidays are often a welcome
Our six year old, Timothy's, relief. Many head to the wa-
favorite holiday is the Fourth of ter or paint the house like any
July. Why? Because he's proud Saturday. It's wonderful to have
of the freedom Americans fought some time off to enjoy life and
to obtain? Umm, no. Because his have a little fun! So what sets a
uncles and many family friends commemorative day, like July 4,
have served our country in times apart in your children's minds?
of peace and war? Nope. Be- I'm looking ahead to Inde-
cause he loves guns, battles and pendence Day and this year, I'm
all things explosive? Closer... but asking questions. Like, how can
still no. Actually it's because he we make family memories while
likes the glow-sticks we give out teaching the history, values and
every year at dusk to occupy the sacrifices that made our country

children until the fireworks.
It's understandable, really. I
mean-he's only six. How could
he know the significance of this
all-American holiday? How can
he understand why we launch
fireworks and why we enjoy
BBQs with neighbors of every
cultural background, together as
Americans? Amid the bustle of

"Like most holidays, differ-
ent people have different levels
of engagement and different
ways of participating," com-
mented County Road 210 dad
Eric Lowe. He and wife Meg, a
teacher, are establishing tra-
ditions like fireworks, a BBQ
complete with the perennial

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favorite "blueberry flag" cake
and time spent with neighbors
and friends. "Although the song
came along many years after we
gained our independence, the
Star Spangled Banner always
brings a tear to my eye," adds
Meg Lowe.
Here at the Olsen home, we
enjoy the annual neighborhood
parade-brimming with patrioti-
cally decorated bikes, home-built
floats and a color guard from
the high school. The children
love the candy and the fire
truck, I love the day off from
lunch duty-all the neighbors
share pizza at the amenity center
afterwards! It's a welcome break
before the evening's cookout,
games and fireworks.
Across the First Coast, cel-
ebrations range from simple-a
picnic lunch and special prayers
for servicemen-to elaborate
multi-family parties. Some love
spreading a blanket amidst the
vibrant crowd for fireworks over
the Castillo, others look forward
to a Phantom Fireworks run
to choose the perfect backyard
And even this diversity-the
freedom to choose your perfect
celebration-is quintessentially
American! I love my country.
I'm grateful for the opportu-
nity to celebrate freedom and
teach our children about their
heritage: Irish, Lebanese, Nor-
wegian, English and Cherokee
great- grandparents who loved
this land and fought for the
freedom we celebrate today as
We can be so forgetful; so
every year, take a few minutes
from your 4th, whether relax-
ing or full, to share some history
and gratitude with your children.
How exactly should we
celebrate Independence Day?
Together. Happy 4th!

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Movie Review

Red Riding Hood
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke. Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman
and Billy Burke. Review byT. G. Stanton

Rating: Left Before it Finished (1 out of 5,
bordering on 0)

This month's review belongs
to the recently released Red
Riding Hood, a fantasy-thriller
based on a children's fairy tale.
In a small forest town, a
wolf rules the livelihood of
those living there. The town
pays monthly homage to the
wolf and to keep the villagers
safe they provide animal sac-
rifices. Amanda Seyfried plays
Valerie, a young girl in love
with her childhood hero; how-
ever, her family has made other
arrangements. Her grandmother
provides her with a red riding
cape for her wedding, hence the
title. The movie begins with her
sister murdered by the wolf and
this sets a new terror for the
town that believed they were
safe. As more of locals are fod-
der for the wolf, the town calls
in a renowned werewolf hunter,
Father Solomon, played by Gary
Oldman, who soon determines
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called for him. Valerie's family
is torn apart by the loss, secrets
are uncovered and she soon
finds that she has ties to the
wolf. Those ties may very well
lead to more deaths.
This movie was a Snooze...
The action was very limited
and the costumes poor quality,
especially if anyone has seen
Eclipse or True Blood-now
those animals can shape-shift.
The movie was also very dark. I
heard once that the X-Files used
the dark lighting because they
had a very small budget and
this movie seems to be using a
similar technique or it was to
hide the poor costumes and sets.
The movie revolves around one
very small town and a small
forest, in which the families are
almost too familiar and inter-
The acting was also sub par.
Gary Oldman's Father Solomon
was theatrical at best and over
the top at worst and the charac-
ter travels with his children on
werewolf hunts-hardly a hero.
Amanda Seyfried was insipid
and uninspiring; her character
seemed more in a daze the ma-
jority of the film with very little
focus and she was certainly no
heroine. The wolf was the most
interesting character of them
all, when he showed up; he was
quick and had a strong bite. The
other actors are forgettable and
not worthy of mention. After
seeing it once, I will not be
looking for a sequel.

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To acquaint new people and find out the 1
with our area, Shalom Jackson- ings around town
ville is planning a couple of ca- desserts and other
sual gatherings for newcomers be served. Please
and anyone else interested in Balotin at 448-50

making Jewish connections and
learning more about the general
community. Our first event will
be held in the Julington Creek
area on Sunday, June 26 at 7:00
p.m. at the home of Yvonne
Cohen, 1194 Cunningham Creek
Drive. This is a wonderful op-
portunity for anyone new to the
Jewish community to make con-
nections with their neighbors

atest happen-
. Homemade
r yummies will
RSVP to Isabel
00 x 206 or

org. Another event is planned
for July. Shalom Jacksonville is
a program of the Jewish Fed-
eration of Jacksonville and is
sponsored by Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Florida.

HIV/AIDS Testing and
Counseling ReSource Center is

now open at THE CHURCH of
Jacksonville, located at 8313
Baycenter Rd (near Baymeadows
Road and Philips Highway). Free
and confidential HIV testing is
available on Wednesdays from
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sundays
from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or
by appointment. HIV is prevent-
able - learn facts about HIV/
AIDS, learn how HIV is spread,
and learn how to prevent the
spread of HIV. Most importantly
- get tested! Please call 739-
6900 ext 1523 for more infor-

Hello to all the children of the world
By Contributing Writer Nancy Cardy, Living Waters Preschool and Kindergarten

Bon Jour! Living Waters
Preschool and Kindergarten
children have been on a whirl-
wind tour of the world as they
have hosted their mothers
for brunch, lunch and tea for
Mother's Day. The three-year-
olds had a fiesta for their moms
while the fours serenaded their
parents with a song that says
hello in many languages. Moms
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foods and
ing gifts
crafted by
their little
ones. The
Day cel-
tion for all
the parental
the school
around the World has been an
on-going theme at the pre-
"We have an International
staff and student body," said
Joan Sharkey, director. "It
makes sense to expose children

to the wider world and develop
empathy for children in other
places. We teach that Jesus
loves all the children of the
Taught through stories, art
and crafts and play the children

Parents' morning out program grows!
By Contributing Writer Dominique Devine, Director, Parents' Morning Out program

St. Francis in-the-Field has
been offering a "Parents' Morn-
ing Out" (PMO) program since
2007. It started with a vision of
wanting to offer parents a little
time to themselves while teach-
ing Christian values to young
children. At the start of the
first year, we had five children
participating in the program.
Now, four years later, have over
24 children participating on a
yearly basis.
These children participate
in many different activities that
help instill Christian values. Ac-

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are taught a different bible story
each week and activities cor-
respond to the bible story. This
helps to reinforce the story to
the children.
As part of the curriculum,
the children are led into the
sanctuary of the church where
they practice their songs, say
the five finger prayer and learn
proper behavior in church
or any place of worship. The
children are encouraged to learn
and recite the "Our Father" at
the altar. Even if the children
do not repeat the words, they
are learning the importance of
respect, caring and learning.
Our Parents' Morning Out
program employs four teachers
and one director. Each teacher
brings a unique perspective
to 'interacting' with children.
Therefore, children are exposed
to various personalities and are
cared for by five people who
truly love them.
Some parents have used our
program to help their children
get used to the idea of "going to
school." For children who have
been with their parents "24/7,"
going to school can seem scary.

By attending the PMO program,
children learn about being
away from their parent and get
used to a routine. Those first
weeks in September can be
challenging for all. However,
very quickly the children get
used to the process and the few
tears that are shed during the
first few days are short lived!
Those are our little victories!
Our program accepts chil-

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can't help but enjoy learning.
The school year winds up in
May with a journey to Australia
for some classes, but the fun
will go on this summer. For the
last few years the Bartram Trail
Library has used the Family
Activities Building at Switzer-
land Community Church for
its Thursday morning special
Living Waters Preschool
summer camp for ages two
through six, held on the same
campus, will participate with
the library each Thursday. The
theme this year is One World

dren age 12 months through
five years old. We work on potty
training your child and teaching
them about loving one another,
caring for all God's creatures
while learning about Jesus and
God. We are a nondenomina-

"Exciting Steps of Faith"

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Many Stories. Campers will
"Run through Europe," "Dance
through Central America";' "Sa-
fari through Africa" and "Trek
through Asia" collecting stamps
in their passports. Plans are
being made to cook, craft, sing
and play across the continents.
Enrollment is on-going and
more information is available at
287-2883. We hope to see you
this summer! Sayonara!

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Liquor store celebrates fifth


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celebrated their five year store
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A proud supporter of the
County Road 210 area, River-
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SJC Town Hall Meetings

with County Administrator Michael Wanchick

* Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm - Hastings Town Hall
- Thursday, June 16, 6:30 pm - Bartram Trail Branch Library
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Lack of sleep may raise risk for heart

disease, stroke
By Contributing Writer Erin Wallner, Community Outreach Coordinator, Baptist Medical Center South

Fragmented sleep and shorter
sleep cycles are both implicated
in a higher risk of heart attack
and stroke. For example, a pa-
tient with sleep apnea may sleep
all night but have poor sleep
efficiency due to fragmented
sleep. This lack of sleep poses an
additional risk associated with
inflammatory substances in the
A new survey published
in the European Heart Journal
found that people who get fewer
than six hours of sleep each
night are 48 percent more likely
to develop or die of heart disease
than those who get the recom-
mended seven to eight hours
nightly. They are also 15 per-
cent more likely to suffer from
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his appointment.
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shared of his feelings upon
learning of his appointment.
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in his CHS class of 329 stu-
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Malone was a four year
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leader his senior year. He was a
member of the Creekside cross
country team as well.
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found time to volunteer in his
community. He participated
in Relay for Life and the CHS
Homecoming Carnival as well as
multiple service drives spon-
sored by the National Honor
Society. He also was an after-
school peer tutor for various
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's" success on the courts!

b, By Contributing Writer Julie Martin

Creeks Clash U11 girls win Palm Bay tourney

Matt Harrison, Maya Semel, Nicole Ford, Maddie DeFranco, Tara Openshaw,
Brooke Kent, Allison Felts, Claire Amici, Hailey Jasper, Nicole Wynn, Taylor

Menk, Rachel Williams
Congratulations to the
Creeks Clash Ull girls for win-
ning the championship at the
Palm Bay Spring Challenge soc-
cer tournament. The team was
undefeated during tournament
play, with some wins coming
easily and some wins coming
down to the final whistle. It was
an exciting weekend for the
girls and they showed their skill,
determination and perseverance
as they progressed through the

After winning their first
two games with a defensive
effort that allowed one goal to
go along with their offensive
onslaught of 13 goals, the team
played in the semifinal as the
number two seed. This game
came down to the wire tied 1-1,
but with less than two minutes
remaining in regulation, for-
ward Rachel Williams' persever-
ance paid off and she made a
beautiful steal in the attacking
third. Williams crossed the ball

to Nicole Ford, who netted the
game winner. Their opponent
kept the ball forward relentless-
ly, but goalkeeper Brooke Kent
made save after save, including
a tremendous save on the final
play before the whistle...a free
kick from 20 yards that would
have been the equalizer. On to
the finals against the number
one seed.
The final game went back
and forth for the first half, with
both teams alternating posses-
sion and shots on goal and the
game was tied 0-0 at halftime.
The second half belonged to the
Clash. The scoring started with
Kent's blast from the left edge.
Claire Amici put several shots
on goal before splitting the
defense down the middle twice
for goals, putting the score at
3-0 with 10 minutes to play.
Their opponent tried desperately
to come back, throwing a bar-
rage of shots at keeper Mad-
die DeFranco, who made save
after save, allowing only one
goal. The whistle blew and the
girls were the champions! The
team's parents are very proud of
our girls for playing hard, play-
ing as a team and earning this

Members of the 10s and 12s team at St. Johns Golf and

Country Club with Coach Dede Allen.

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Johns Golf and Country Club en-
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USTA tennis leagues. Coached by
Dede Allen, the 8s and 10s teams
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team were finalists after a hard
fought final match with the
eventual champions.
Members of the lo0s and 12s

team in-
cluded Robert
Snow, Chad
Dylan Mc-
Donie, Bryan
Martin, Haley
Emily Under-
wood, Court-
ney Thomas,
Markey, Gun-
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au, Heather
Thomas and
Ian Mc-
The 8s team
Lauren Bol-

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Tessa Mauro, Jon Loferski, Grace
Brennan, Rachel Jakob and
James Stundis.
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their respective divisions of the
First Coast Tennis Association.
Captains Julie Martin and Lauri
Thomas are very proud of their
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Creeks girls' lacrosse team
wins championship

Cheyenne Smith, Leah Tyer, Danielle Kelley, Lindsey Baker, Brooke Hudson,
MacKenzie, Patti DeBlois, Brooke Lahmann, Carolyn Barrington, Molly
Gaver, Alexis Coullias, Lydia Hawk, Julia Duff, Head Coach Morgan Mon-
tano, Hannah Ingalls, Coach Adam Kelley. Not pictured: Logan Mignerey.

CHS volleyball team's time to shine
By Grant Piper, CHS Student

nrika Hinel
Creekside High School is
only three years old; its open-
ing day was in August of 2008.
When a school opens for the
first time it doesn't just start an
educational institute-everything
in the school must be built from
the ground up. Everything from
clubs and organizations to sports
and teams has to be started from
scratch with whatever the school

can find. Creekside started with
nothing, no reputation, no
senior class and no namesake.
So what has attributed to the
school's success in academics
and athletics? Some will say it's
luck, others will say it's because
we pulled resources from Bar-
tram Trail, but I've gone out to
discover that it's the people that
make Creekside great.
One of the most successful
programs at CHS so far has been
its volleyball program. The team
is headed by Coach Megan Bow-
ers who had the responsibility of
starting a team from scratch.
"She [Coach Bowers] came
here when the school just
opened and taught us how to
play at the varsity level-and
fast. The majority of us were just
freshman and we literally had
no idea what we were doing, but
Coach Bowers whipped us into
shape and put us where we are
now. Without her, I don't think
the volleyball program would
be where it is today," says Erika
Hinel, varsity volleyball player.
Many programs take years to
develop into stable institutions;

Creekside did it in two and plan
to go to state in year four.
But teams cannot be molded
by good coaching alone; the
types of improvements that this
team has made have to in-
clude talent as well. This talent
manifests itself in most of the
girls on the team but two girls in
particular: juniors Hayley Miller

LI k!1

-ayley Miller

Coach Morgan Montano's
Creeks girls' lacrosse team won
the youth championship at the
annual "Battle at the Beach Jam-
boree" in early May. Hosted by
the Ponte Vedra Girls' Lacrosse
Club, six teams from St. Johns
County competed in the Youth
Division (grades three through
and Erika Hinel. Both of these
girls were offered and accepted
fulltime scholarships to Florida
schools. Miller committed to
Florida International University
and Hinel committed to Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical University.
Miller plays club volleyball
outside of school and competes
regularly in tournaments around
the state while Hinel is an ac-
complished track athlete off the
volleyball court. "I've worked
hard and that's the only reason
I'm going somewhere! I know
I'm not the best out there, but
I always try my hardest," says
Two girls alone can't bring
this team to the state champi-
onship; that has to be a team
effort and according to them the
team is ready to go and com-
pete for the state title. Six of the
girls on the team are playing
club volleyball in order to gain
more experience for the coming
season. The team has had three
years to polish up, three years to
gain experience and three years
to learn how to win.
"This year is definitely our

five) including four teams from
Creeks and two from Ponte
Montano's team, nicknamed
The Slashers, had to play in
three qualifying games and then
the championship game against
another Creeks team to win it all.

time to shine and show every-
one what were made of," said
Hinel. Miller and Hinel, along
with Jenna Holt, Emily Fox
and Caley Crawford, will all be
seniors. This season will be the
end of the road for these players
who have stuck with this team
from the start. Both Miller and
Hinel lauded their team's ability
to play as just that, a team and
praised their drive to never give
"We have to want it more
than any other team and be 20
times more dedicated and work
20 times harder. That will be the
key to success for next year,"
says Miller.
I hope that these girls can
go to state and I hope that they
can win, not only because I am
a student and therefore a fan but
also because of what this team
has managed to accomplish in
three short years. From Coach
Bower's strong leadership to the
talent of players such as these
this team has been tried by fire
and given the taste of victory.
Year four is the year. Year four
they go to state.

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